Michigan State unleashed a barrage of three-pointers on the UMass Minutemen, building a 27-point hafltime lead and then expanding it in a blowout 38-point win over UMass 106-68.
Korie Lucious came off the bench to pour in three first half three-pointers, Kalin Lucas added two and Chris Allen two more to help MSU build an insurmountable lead. Even seldom-used Isaiah Dahlman knocked down a trey.
The Spartans brought a supreme defensive effort in this one, holding the Minutemen for over ten minutes without a field goal. Chris Allen led the Spartans with 18 points, Raymar Morgan added 17, Kalin Lucas had 16. Garrick Sherman grabbed seven rebounds.
Michigan State was able to erase an early 8-2 UMass lead by going on a 27-3 run during that same period and the rout was on.
The Spartans built a 55-38 halftime lead.
MSU was able to empty their bench in this one, redshirt sophomore Tom Herzog, Austin Thornton, Isaiah Dahlman all contributed, later even walk-ons Mike Kebler and Jon Crandell got into the action.
The win moved MSU head coach Tom Izzo ahead of his mentor Jud Heathcoat as the all-time winningest coach in Michigan State history. Izzo won his 341st game to Heathcoat's 340.
"(I think) it means Jud has 681 (wins) because I was his hand-picked successor. I know he's proud of what we accomplished (I know) I wouldn't have accomplished it without him getting me the job," said Izzo after the game.
Michigan State gets no rest because they head into Chapel Hill, NC to face the North Carolina Tar Heels on Tuesday.
"Well I think we've got to take care of the ball or we don't have a chance," said Izzo. (It comes down to )our guards vs. their size. We've got good guards and few more than they do, they have more trees than we do."
Guard Kalin Lucas agreed saying "We just have to not turn the ball over keep running and keep playing defense and we'll be ok against North Carolina."