Ager leads No. 9 Spartans past Coppin State
East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) – Maurice Ager poured in a game-high 25
points to lead the ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans past the Coppin State
Eagles, 78-54, at the Breslin Center.
Shannon Brown added 21 while Paul Davis posted 16 points and 13 rebounds for
the Spartans (12-2), who have won 11 straight games and are on the school’s
longest winning streak since opening the 2000-01 campaign with 12 straight
Tywain McKee netted 17 points, grabbed six boards and handed out five assists
for Coppin State (0-11), which has dropped 11 straight games to begin the
season and still has yet to play a home contest. Darryl Roberts and Talmadge
Bell each had 10 points in the loss.
Michigan State jumped out to a seven-point lead on Ager’s three-pointer with
13:02 left in the first half, but the Eagles fought back and used a 9-0 spurt
on a trio of three-pointers to forge ahead 15-13.
Coppin State then led 17-16 moments later before the Spartans slowly started
showing their power. Michigan State reeled off 11 of the next 13 points,
highlighted by four each from Brown and Ager, to grab a 27-19 edge with 3:33
remaining in the stanza.
The Spartans eventually led 32-25 at halftime.
Ager scored 12 points while Brown netted 10 for Michigan State in the opening
20 minutes. McKee paced the Eagles with eight first-half points.
In the second half, the Spartans turned the game into a rout as Ager’s three-
pointer nearly seven minutes into the half increased the lead to 45-32.
Brown’s trey moments later widened the cushion to 16 points and Maurice
Joseph’s layup with 5:15 remaining stretched the margin to 20 points.
MSU played mostly reserves down the stretch and cruised home to the lopsided
The Spartans outrebounded Coppin State by a sizeable 44-26 margin. Michigan
State also went 18-of-26 from the foul line, while the Eagles were only 9-
of-11 from the charity stripe.
The 11-game winning streak is tied for the school’s third longest tear under
head coach Tom Izzo. Under Izzo, Michigan State’s longest winning streak
came in 1998-99 when the school won 22 consecutive contests…The Spartans won
a school-record 12 non-conference games this season, breaking the mark of 11
set on three other occasions…Michigan State improved to 105-7 at the Breslin
Center since the start of the 1998-99 campaign…This marked the Spartans’
first game on New Year’s Eve since 1958 and the school’s first home contest on
December 31 since 1940…Michigan State has taken both career meetings with