Brown leads No. 12 Spartans over Florida International
East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) – Shannon Brown scored 20 points on 5-of-7
shooting from three-point range, as 12th-ranked Michigan State throttled
Florida International, 85-58, at the Breslin Center.
Maurice Ager and Paul Davis each netted 18 points and were big on the boards
for the Spartans (9-2), who have won eight in a row after starting the season
1-2. Ager pulled down 14 rebounds and Davis added 11 boards in the win.
Drew Neitzel also finished in double figures for Michigan State with 11 points
while also dishing out five assists.
Elvis Lora finished with 12 points and three rebounds for the Golden Panthers
(3-5), who have lost three games in a row and all five road games this season.
Facundo Giorgi added 11 points as Florida International was outrebounded
The Golden Panthers played most of the game without leading scorer and
rebounder Ivan Almonte, who logged only 10 minutes in the contest before
leaving with an injury.
Michigan State spent most of the first half on a run to take a commanding
Up 6-5 just over 1 1/2 minutes into the game, the Spartans exploded with a
28-6 run to take a commanding 34-11 lead with 2:49 left in the opening half.
Davis accounted for 10 points during the run and his layup put Michigan State
up by a 23-8 margin. Brown was also key as he dropped 11 points during the
spurt, including a trio of three-pointers.
Later, an 8-0 spurt extended the Spartans to a 42-17 edge with 40 seconds left
in the first half.
Brown’s three-point basket 2:10 into the second half put Michigan State up by
32 points at 54-22 and seven straight free throws by Ager extended the
Spartans to a 64-29 with 13:51 remaining.
Four straight three-pointers by the Golden Panthers, including two in a row by
Fuller, cut the deficit to 64-40, but Ager’s dunk increased the Spartans lead
to 71-40 with 10:25 left to play.
An 8-0 run that consisted of mostly free throws pulled Florida International
to within 79-56, but the Spartans ended the game on a 6-2 run to account for
the final score.
This was the first ever meeting between the two teams…The Spartans played in
just their fourth home game this season…Chris Fuller and Ismael N’Diaye each
netted eight points from the Golden Panthers…Marquise Gray finished with
five points and seven rebounds for Michigan State…The Spartans shot 46
percent from the floor and 64 percent (9-of-14) from behind the arc. Florida
International shot just 31 percent from the floor.