Boxscore
Michigan St 84, Nicholls State 39
Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:00 PM
Location - Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan
Officials - Steve McJunkins, Mike Sanzere, Gerald Williams
Attendance - 14797

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Nicholls State 13 26 39
Michigan St 37 47 84

Recap


No. 14 Michigan State 84, Nicholls State 39: Keith Appling scored nine of his team-high 13 points in the second half as the host Spartans rebounded from their worst scoring output of the season.

Despite being demoted from the starting lineup, Adreian Payne came off the bench to collect 10 points, a team-high 12 rebounds and three of his team's seven blocks. Denzel Valentine and Gary Harris added 11 points apiece for 14th-ranked Michigan State (6-2), which shot 60 percent from the field to put Wednesday's 67-59 setback at Miami in its rear-view mirror.

After Travis Julien's layup brought Nicholls State (1-3) within seven at 20-13, the Spartans held the Colonels scoreless for the final 8:05 of the first half. Derrick Nix and Harris fueled Michigan State's 17-0 run to close the half with a layup and dunk apiece. The Spartans added an 11-2 run early in the second half to seal the victory.

T.J. Carpenter had a team-high 11 points for Nicholls State, which played without leading scorer Fred Hunter. The team did not immediately divulge the reason for sitting Hunter, who had scored at least 20 points in his last three outings.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Michigan State coach Tom Izzo elected to start Branden Dawson in favor of Payne. Dawson had eight points. ... The Spartans have won all three encounters versus Nicholls State, outscoring it by a 278-129 margin. ... The Colonels were playing the first of seven consecutive road contests. They will not compete in a home contest until the start of Southland Conference play on Jan. 3.

Nicholls State Colonels

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Sam McBeath 4:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 0
Shane Rillieux 39:00 3-10 1-2 1-3 0 4 4 1 2 0 4 0 8
Travis Julien 28:00 1-3 0-1 0-2 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 2
T.J. Carpenter 25:00 4-14 1-7 2-3 2 4 6 1 5 1 1 0 11
JaMarkus Horace 38:00 4-16 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 1 2 2 3 1 10
Sterling Bailey 24:00 2-3 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 5
Jeremy Smith 27:00 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 3 1 1 5 0 0
Pedro Maciel 15:00 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 4 1 1 0 3
TOTAL 200 15-51 4-13 5-10 5 15 20 10 17 6 18 2 39
  29.4% 30.8% 50.0% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 18

Michigan St Spartans

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Branden Dawson 19:00 4-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 8
Gary Harris 27:00 5-9 1-3 0-3 1 3 4 1 1 3 1 1 11
Denzel Valentine 23:00 4-4 1-1 2-2 1 2 3 3 1 3 1 0 11
Derrick Nix 22:00 4-5 0-0 1-2 1 4 5 2 0 3 2 1 9
Keith Appling 28:00 4-7 1-2 4-6 0 0 0 6 0 0 2 0 13
Adreian Payne 20:00 4-5 0-0 2-2 1 11 12 0 1 0 0 3 10
Brandan Kearney 15:00 2-3 0-0 1-4 2 2 4 3 1 0 0 0 5
Russell Byrd 11:00 2-4 1-1 1-2 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 6
Travis Trice 20:00 1-6 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 2 4 1 0 0 3
Alex Gauna 8:00 2-4 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 6
Matt Costello 5:00 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 2
Keenan Wetzel 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Dan Chapman 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 33-55 5-10 13-23 9 31 40 20 12 11 8 7 84
  60.0% 50.0% 56.5% Team Rebs: 0   Total TO: 8