MSU Pulls Away Late To Beat IPFW

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Drew Neitzel scored 18 points, including three 3-pointers in the first half, to lead No. 9 Michigan State past IPFW 79-57 on Saturday for the Spartans' 32nd consecutive non-conference home win.
Neitzel, a preseason All-American, improved his Big Ten-leading assist-to-turnover ratio with five assists and no turnovers.
Marquise Gray had a season-high 15 points and Raymar Morgan added 12 for Michigan State (9-1), which ended final-exam week with a tougher-than-expected tuneup for next Saturday's matchup with No. 4 Texas.
Jakari Johnson had 17 points and Jaraun Burrows added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Mastodons (4-5), who were also coming off final exams. Johnson was 7-for-11 from the field and Burrows 6-for-10.
The Spartans trailed 5-2 in the opening minutes but broke open the game with a 16-0 surge. Neitzel, Gray and Drew Naymick had 16 of the Spartans' first 18 points.
IPFW was down 36-17 but hit three 3-pointers to cut the lead to single digits late in the first half. The Spartans went into the break leading 40-29.
After scoring eight of the first nine points of the second half, the Mastodons were suddenly within four. But IPFW struggled the rest of the way, and Michigan State rebuilt its lead with a 16-4 run in the next seven minutes. A putback slam by Gray made it 57-41 and ended all suspense.
The Spartans shot 25 free throws to 11 for IPFW and had a 37-26 rebound advantage. Michigan State also had a 16-8 edge in assists, but struggled to put away the smaller Mastodons.


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