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No. 2 Michigan State routs Cleveland State 111-61

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tom Izzo took the microphone after the game and addressed the Michigan State crowd.

His team had just played another routine late-December tuneup, and games at this time of year aren't ideal for student attendance, but there were enough Spartans fans at the Breslin Center for a lively atmosphere.

''You packed this place when we got no students here or anybody else here, and everybody's in the Christmas spirit,'' Izzo said. ''You guys are supporting your Spartans, and your Spartans appreciate it.''

Nick Ward had 22 points and 14 rebounds , and No. 2 Michigan State rolled to a 111-61 victory over Cleveland State on Friday night, the third straight game for the Spartans with over 100 points. Michigan State led 63-25 at halftime after shooting 74 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes - including 9 of 13 from 3-point range.

Michigan State (13-1) is making short work of the weaker opponents on its schedule. The Spartans scored 107 points against Houston Baptist and 102 against Long Beach State before dismantling coach Dennis Felton's Cleveland State team.

''I don't know what I was thinking when I scheduled this game,'' Felton cracked.

Joshua Langford scored 23 points for Michigan State, and Miles Bridges added 18 with eight rebounds and seven assists. Bobby Word scored 26 points for Cleveland State (3-10) and made seven 3-pointers.

Michigan State finished 15 of 26 from beyond the arc and shot 65 percent overall.

''If we didn't go zone, they might have scored 200 points,'' Felton said. ''There weren't many answers tonight.''

Michigan State hadn't played since Dec. 21, so it wouldn't have been surprising if the Spartans had been a little sluggish. But both the crowd and the home team were ready from the start.

The Spartans led 18-4 after making their first seven shots from the field. It was 38-9 after a 3-pointer by Matt McQuaid.

Cleveland State made a few outside shots of its own, but the Vikings could never do much to trouble the Spartans. Michigan State surpassed 100 points with over 5 1/2 minutes remaining.

''You can't let down,'' Langford said. ''You get to the point where you're playing against yourself.''

BIG PICTURE

Cleveland State: The Vikings were never in this game after Michigan State's sharp start, and Cleveland State had little chance to keep it close on a night when the Spartans were shooting so well from the perimeter.

Michigan State: It would have been easy for the Spartans to fall into bad habits in such a one-sided game, but they maintained their offensive balance and kept sharing the ball. Six Michigan State players finished with at least three assists.

THE MODEL

Felton, in his first season as Cleveland State's coach, says he looks at Michigan State as an example of what he wants his program to become.

''We'll make Michigan State basketball a case study for ourselves as we work towards building a championship-caliber program ourselves, and what better way (than) to come up here and experience it for ourselves?'' Felton said. ''And they made sure we experienced it - probably a little more than I needed.''

QUITE A RUN

Michigan State has scored 100 points in three straight games for the first time since the first three games of the 2004-05 season.

UP NEXT

Cleveland State: The Vikings open their Horizon League schedule at home against Youngstown State on Monday.

Michigan State: The Spartans will probably reach triple digits again when they host Savannah State on Sunday. The Tigers have allowed at least 100 points eight times already this season.

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Key Players
K. Carpenter
4 G
C. Winston
5 G
26.9 Min. Per Game 26.9
13.0 Pts. Per Game 13.0
6.9 Ast. Per Game 6.9
3.5 Reb. Per Game 3.5
29.4 Field Goal % 56.3
33.3 Three Point % 56.5
Free Throw % 86.4
+ 2 Stefan Kenic made jump shot 3.0
+ 2 Gavin Schilling made dunk, assist by Xavier Tillman 26.0
  Defensive rebound by Conner George 50.0
  Bobby Word missed 3-pt. jump shot 52.0
  Out of bounds turnover on Conner George 1:22
  Offensive rebound by Conner George 1:22
  Lourawls Nairn Jr. missed jump shot 1:24
  Offensive rebound by Xavier Tillman 1:35
  Matt McQuaid missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:37
+ 2 Anthony Wright made layup 1:52
+ 2 Matt McQuaid made jump shot 2:13
Team Stats
Points 61 111
Field Goals 19-58 (32.8%) 41-63 (65.1%)
3-Pointers 11-37 (29.7%) 15-26 (57.7%)
Free Throws 12-16 (75.0%) 14-18 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 16 48
Offensive 6 15
Defensive 8 32
Team 2 1
Assists 9 26
Steals 6 1
Blocks 1 3
Turnovers 7 11
Fouls 16 18
Technicals 0 0
26 PTS, 1 REB
23 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Cleveland State 3-10 253661
home team logo 2 Michigan State 13-1 6348111
Team Stats
away team logo Cleveland State 3-10 74.2 PPG 38.2 RPG 14.8 APG
home team logo 2 Michigan State 13-1 77.6 PPG 43.3 RPG 18.3 APG
Key Players
00
B. Word G PPG RPG APG FG%
1
J. Langford G 15.0 PPG 3.6 RPG 2.3 APG 44.3 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Word G 26 PTS 1 REB 0 AST
J. Langford G 23 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
32.8 FG% 65.1
29.7 3PT FG% 57.7
75.0 FT% 77.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Word 26 1 0 9/17 7/13 1/1 1 31 1 0 0 0 1
A. Wright 14 3 3 3/10 2/8 6/6 2 30 1 0 2 2 1
T. Appleby 9 1 4 3/9 0/3 3/6 0 29 1 0 1 1 0
K. Carpenter 3 4 1 1/7 1/4 0/0 4 27 1 1 0 2 2
S. Kenic 2 1 1 1/7 0/3 0/0 2 25 1 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Word 26 1 0 9/17 7/13 1/1 1 31 1 0 0 0 1
A. Wright 14 3 3 3/10 2/8 6/6 2 30 1 0 2 2 1
T. Appleby 9 1 4 3/9 0/3 3/6 0 29 1 0 1 1 0
K. Carpenter 3 4 1 1/7 1/4 0/0 4 27 1 1 0 2 2
S. Kenic 2 1 1 1/7 0/3 0/0 2 25 1 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Thomas 7 2 0 2/4 1/2 2/2 0 18 0 0 1 0 2
D. Highsmith 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 4 17 0 0 1 0 0
J. Hairston 0 2 0 0/2 0/2 0/1 3 19 1 0 0 1 1
S. Christian 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
D. Sloan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Hales - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Clayborne - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stover - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 14 9 19/58 11/37 12/16 16 200 6 1 7 6 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Langford 23 1 3 9/12 4/5 1/1 0 25 0 0 2 1 0
N. Ward 22 14 0 7/8 0/0 8/12 2 22 0 0 0 7 7
M. Bridges 18 8 7 7/16 4/9 0/0 2 30 0 0 1 3 5
J. Jackson Jr. 12 6 3 4/7 1/2 3/3 4 20 0 3 2 0 6
C. Winston 11 3 4 4/5 3/4 0/0 4 17 0 0 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Langford 23 1 3 9/12 4/5 1/1 0 25 0 0 2 1 0
N. Ward 22 14 0 7/8 0/0 8/12 2 22 0 0 0 7 7
M. Bridges 18 8 7 7/16 4/9 0/0 2 30 0 0 1 3 5
J. Jackson Jr. 12 6 3 4/7 1/2 3/3 4 20 0 3 2 0 6
C. Winston 11 3 4 4/5 3/4 0/0 4 17 0 0 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. McQuaid 11 2 3 4/7 3/6 0/0 0 25 0 0 1 0 2
G. Schilling 8 2 0 3/3 0/0 2/2 2 12 0 0 1 1 1
K. Goins 2 2 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 15 1 0 2 0 2
L. Nairn Jr. 2 2 4 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 22 0 0 0 0 2
X. Tillman 2 4 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 2 2
C. George 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 1 2
B. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Ahrens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hoiberg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 111 47 26 41/63 15/26 14/18 18 200 1 3 11 15 32