Spartans outlast Vikings
East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) – Paul Davis registered his sixth double-
double of the season, scoring 24 points and grabbing 11 boards as the 12th-
ranked Michigan State Spartans beat the Cleveland State Vikings 83-75 at the
Shannon Brown led the Spartans in scoring with 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting
and Maurice Ager added 22 points in Michigan State’s seventh consecutive win.
Patrick Tatham and Raheem Moss were the leading scorers for Cleveland State
with 12 points apiece. Victor Morris netted 11 points off the bench for the
Vikings, who have lost three in a row and are winless on the road this season.
Michigan State went up 21-12 with 13:12 left in the first on a Goran Suton
layup, but a 9-2 Vikings run midway through the half gave them 35-30 lead.
Cleveland State led by as many as 11, but the Spartans scored the last five
points of the half to cut the Vikings lead to 46-40. The Vikings shot 16-
of-33 from the field and 10-of-18 from behind the arc in the opening half.
Michigan State began the second half just as hot as it ended the first, going
on a 23-4 run for a 63-50 lead.
However, the Vikings wouldn’t go away, cutting the lead to 67-60 on a jumper
by J’Nathan Bullock with 8:30 to play.
Michigan State shot just 13-of-30 from the field and 2-of-7 from long distance
in the first half, but improved its shooting in the second half. The Spartans
hit 15-of-27 shots from the floor, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, in
the final 20 minutes to secure the win.
The Spartans outscored Cleveland State on fastbreak 17-4. MSU also held a
42-29 advantage in rebounds and 25-11 edge in points off turnovers.
Michigan State welcomed back former assistant Mike Garland, who is in his
third season as head coach Cleveland State. Tom Izzo and Garland were college
teammates at Northern Michigan, and Garland was an Izzo assistant for seven
seasons at MSU…Michigan State leads the all-time series 8-0….Since the
start of the 1998-99 season, the Spartans have won 102 of 109 regular season
games at home.