EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) -- Despite a milestone for
Maurice Ager, Paul Davis stole the show in No. 12 Michigan
State's home opener.
Davis recorded 30 points and 14 rebounds for his 17th career
double-double and Ager eclipsed 1,000 points for his career as
Michigan State overcame a sluggish start to post a 84-73 victory
The 6-11 Davis scored each of the first eight points for
Michigan State (3-2), which rallied from an early eight-point
deficit to take its first lead at 30-28 on Goran Sutan's
three-point play with 2:51 left in the first half.
Davis, who fell two points shy of matching his career high set
against Indiana on January 31, 2004, became the first player
other than Ager to lead the team in scoring this season.
Ager did not score his first points until the 17:47 mark of the
first period but recorded 16 of his 20 points after intermission
as Michigan State pulled away. With a free throw 3:34 into the
second half, Ager became the 35th player in school history to
reach 1,000 points.
Maurice Joseph's basket with 1:57 left gave an 84-62 lead to the
Spartans, who have won their last 29 season openers dating to
Justin Hawkins scored 13 points for the Mastodons (1-3), who
opened the game on an 8-0 run and closed it on an 11-0 spurt.