AUBURN HILLS, MI – Playing in their home state of Michigan, the Michigan State Spartans had no trouble breezing past Valparaiso, earning a 65-54 victory which wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated.
MSU led by as many as 27 points in the second half. Derrick Nix had a monster game against the undersized Crusaders, finishing with game-highs of 23 points and 15 rebounds.
Tom McCarthy and Kelly Tripucka called the action on Westwood One Sports.
(Boggs hits a three as Valpo grabs early 7-6 lead)
(Payne gets inside for the hoop and the harm, 24-12 MSU)
(Harris with the lay-in as the lead grows to 27)
(Teams trade threes as Spartans take 52-31 lead)
(MSU advances to the round of 32)
(Postgame interview with MSU’s Keith Appling)
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