Saturday , Dec , 31 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

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
24-point win.

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.

Game Notes

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
the Eagles.