With legendary MSU running back Lorenzo White in the house, the Spartan men’s basketball team ran all over the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and lead 47-26 at the half.
MSU lived from behind the three-point line as 19 of their 31 attempted field goals were three-pointers.
An alley-oop from senior guard Keith Appling to junior forward Brandon Dawson just five seconds into the game got the IZZONE on their feet early.
Two three-pointers from sophomore guard Gary Harris and one that senior center Adreian Payne rattled home pushed the Spartan lead to five points with 15 minutes left.
Eight of the Spartans first ten shots were from behind the arch.
MSU didn’t start to pull away until there was ten minutes left in the half when two more three-balls from Harris and a huge dunk by Dawson gave MSU a 12-point lead.
Not to be outdone, Dawson lobbed a pass high into the Breslin Center sky the next time down the floor, that a flying Pyane hammered home with authority to put MSU up 14.
Freshman forward Gavin Schilling skied for a put back slam after a missed three by junior guard Travis Trice.
IUP had some success getting the ball low, and were led on the score sheet by Uruguay native Marcel Souberbielle with 10 points.
Harris led all scorers with 14 points, and went 4-6 from the floor, all three-pointers, while Payne led the way on the boards by snatching 4 rebounds.