MSU's Derrick Nix scored a game high 23 points in the win over Valparaiso Thursday. (File photo/Gregory Shamus)

Spartans Blast Valparaiso 65-54

Derrick Nix came through with a game high 23 points and 15 rebounds as the Michigan State Spartans overwhelm the Valparaiso Crusaders 65-54 during opening round tournament play Thursday at The Palace.

97.1 The Ticket–03/21/2013