No. 19 Michigan St routs Arkansas-Pine Bluff 76-44
- Article by: LARRY LAGE
- Associated Press
- December 5, 2012 - 9:29 PM
EAST LANSING, Mich. - No. 19 Michigan State held Arkansas-Pine Bluff scoreless for almost 10 minutes and went on to win 76-44 on Wednesday night.
Garry Harris scored 13 points, Travis Trice had 12 and Branden Dawson added 10 for the Spartans (7-2).
Michigan State started the game with a 14-0 run, led 38-12 at halftime and kept a comfortable lead in the second half.
The Golden Lions (1-7) missed their first 13 shots and didn't score until 9:48 into the game.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff's DaVon Haynes, who is from Detroit, scored a season-high 20 points — all after halftime.
The Golden Lions had seven points over the last 2:20 of the first half to finish with 12, the fifth-lowest total at halftime by a Division I team this season, according to STATS LLC.
The Southwestern Athletic Conference team was competitive — for at least a half — in its last two losses to Oregon and Arizona State. It trailed the Ducks 37-30 at halftime and lost by 21 and was behind the Sun Devils by two points in the first half before losing by 13.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff's road-weary players might simply be tired of traveling all over the country. The Golden Lions haven't had a home game in Pine Bluff, Ark., and won't until Jan. 2, against Mississippi Valley State.
Michigan State, meanwhile, played at the Breslin Center for the sixth time in seven games — since starting the season with a loss to Connecticut in Germany and a win over Kansas in Atlanta — and will play its next two games in East Lansing.
The Spartans were not sharp offensively early against an overmatched team. They missed nine of their first 10 shots — including all five of their early 3-point attempts — but got second-chance points with offensive rebounds by taking advantage of their size and aggressiveness.
Michigan State made 14 of their next 20 shots to build a 26-point halftime lead.
Spartans coach Tom Izzo kept pushing his team even ahead by 30 points in the second half. After Haynes made an uncontested dunk, Izzo called a timeout with 8:29 left in the game to scream at center Derrick Nix about playing soft defense. The Spartans got a scare about a minute later when key reserve Adreian Payne fell hard and was slow to get up, but he came back in the game after being briefly evaluated on the bench.
Michigan State has won 69 straight home games against unranked nonconference teams.
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