Michigan State No.19 beats Penn State 80-64


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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Gabe Brown scored 15 points and Marcus Bingham Jr. 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead 19th Michigan State to an 80-64 victory over Penn State on Saturday.

The Spartans (9-2, 2-0 Big Ten), who have won four straight games, have their best start since the 2017-18 season, when they started 14-2.

Seth Lundy scored 18 points and John Harrar added 16 for the Nittany Lions (5-5, 0-2 Big Ten).

Michigan State took advantage of a cold shot from Penn State early in the second half to take a 51-32 lead. The Nittany Lions missed four of their first five shots in the Spartans’ 9-2 streak, which was capped by a 3-point pointer by rookie Max Christie.

Penn State managed to close the gap to 58-46 with 13:27 remaining on Sam Sessoms’ layup. The Spartans responded with 3 consecutive points by AJ Hoggard and Bingham to increase their lead to 64-46. The closest the Nittany Lions could get for the remainder of the game was within 12 points of Lundy’s 3-point with 5:39 left.

Neither team managed to pull away in the first 16 minutes, as there were five lead changes and no advantage over five points. After Penn State shot 27-25, Michigan State closed the first half scoring 15 of the last 19 points.

BIG PICTURE

Penn State: The Nittany Lions, who were playing strong defense at the start of the season, entered the game with four of their first nine opponents under 60 points. The 80 points are the second highest against Penn State this year.

Michigan State: Penn State freshman Micah Shrewsberry is the 250th coach Spartans coach Tom Izzo has faced in his 27 years at Michigan State. Izzo, who is 652-256 against all coaches, is just 13 wins away from passing John Wooden.

FOLLOWING

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are inactive next week before visiting VCU on December 18 and welcoming Quinnipiac on December 22.

Michigan State: The Spartans are out for 10 days before resuming play on Dec. 21 in Detroit against Oakland. Michigan State has never lost to the Grizzlies in 19 previous meetings.

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