Michigan State Spartans
Matt Costello had 13 points, Marvin Clark Jr. 12 and Gavin Schilling 11 for the balanced Spartans (9-4), who didn’t allow a field goal for 14:13 and had a 36-2 run after trailing by one late in the first half.
The Spartans came in leading the nation at 44 percent from 3-point range, but they went 4 of 21 against the Tigers, who represented the Southwestern Athletic Conference in last season’s NCAA tournament.
Mateen Cleaves and “1 Goal, 1 Passion: Hope for the Holidays” distributed the items Friday afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Michigan, and will give additional packages Saturday.
The tournament has been traditionally held at a rotating site, splitting time between Chicago’s United Center and Indianapolis’ Banker’s Life Fieldhouse
The Spartans never trailed, built a 34-point halftime advantage and snapped a two-game losing streak against Kansas and Notre Dame.
Several Spartans and Wolverines were named All-Big 10 by the media, joining national standouts Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.
Connor Cook threw a 10-yard TD pass and Langford chipped in with a 3-yard score in the third quarter to methodically put it away.
Mark Dantonio is calling Saturday’s game at Penn State a “program game” because No. 10 Michigan State has the opportunity to win at least 10 games for the fourth time in five years.
Mark Dantonio’s No. 10-ranked team (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) had a great day from its pre-game family reunions on the field to its final salute from a frozen student section.
After struggling inside in a six-point win at Navy and a 10-point loss to Duke in the Champions Classic, Michigan State was determined to get the ball to its big men early and often.