EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State didn't wait for coach
Tom Izzo to deliver a halftime tirade.
Several Spartans took it upon themselves.
Shannon Brown scored a career-high 27 points and No. 12 Michigan
State rallied from a poor first half to beat Cleveland State 83-75
on Friday night.
"Before coach told us what we had to do, the players got on
each other first," Brown said. "We had to come out and compete
and start playing Michigan State basketball again."
The balanced Vikings (2-5) hit a school-record 14 3-pointers,
including 10 in the first half, and looked nothing like the team
that lost by 57 points at North Carolina in November.
"We got a good lesson tonight," Izzo said. "All this about
Tom Izzo and Michigan State's football style doesn't mean anything
when we play like this."
Raheem Moss and Patrick Tatham each had 12 points to lead
Cleveland State. Victor Morris added 11 points and Carlos English
10 in a near-triumphant return for Vikings coach Mike Garland, a
Michigan State assistant from 1996-2003.
"I'm really elated by our team in every way," said Garland, a
former backcourt partner of Izzo at Northern Michigan in the
mid-1970s. "We hit them with some body blows that might have taken
other teams out. But we came here to win the game, not to keep it
The Spartans got rolling in the last minute of the first half
and the first eight minutes after the break, outscoring Cleveland
State 28-4 to take a 63-50 lead.
"We said we had to start listening and stop fighting each
other," said reserve Matt Trannon, who was part of the halftime
With much tighter defense, Michigan State's biggest lead was 15
points with 5:39 left. But the Vikings never quit firing from
outside and hit 45.2 percent of their 3-point tries.
"As hard as they played, I kind of enjoyed watching them,"
Izzo said. "I don't know if they'll ever hit that many 3s again.
But I know we're going to play better defense. And we might have
The Spartans outscored Cleveland State inside 40-16 and had a
42-29 rebounding edge. Davis led all players with 11 rebounds in
his sixth double-double of the season, while Ager added nine
But Michigan State committed 19 turnovers and was lethargic
throughout the first 20 minutes.
After the Spartans built a 23-14 lead, Cleveland State took
control with aggressive man-to-man defense and began a barrage of
An 18-5 run gave the Vikings a 32-28 edge. When Cleveland State
finished a 29-10 surge, its surprising lead grew to 11.
Michigan State scored the last five points of the half but
needed 12 from Brown and 10 each from Ager and Davis just to stay
within six on a night the Spartans honored former stars Magic
Johnson and Gregory Kelser from the 1979 national title team.
The Vikings produced 13 assists in the first 20 minutes and
nearly delivered a major upset for a team with eight players from
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Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.