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Spartans continue perfect start

Denzel Valentine, right, guarding Devin Martin, has 11 points and 10 rebounds to help Michigan State improve to 10-0.

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Denzel Valentine, right, guarding Devin Martin, has 11 points and 10 rebounds to help Michigan State improve to 10-0.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Even when Denzel Valentine isn't feeling well, he's still pretty good.

Valentine had 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to help No. 1 Michigan State rout Maryland Eastern Shore 78-35 Wednesday night.

"Denzel was a little sick, and he didn't play with the same vigor," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "I could really notice it."

The Spartans (10-0) are off to their best start since the 2000-01 season when they were defending national champions and won the first 12 games.

They host Florida on Saturday in a rematch of the 2000 NCAA final before opening the Big Ten season on the road against Iowa and Minnesota.

"The party is over now," Izzo said. "The next three games are going to get tougher and tougher."

The Hawks had only one player score in double digits. Dominique Elliott had seven of his team's 16 points in the first half and finished with 11.

NO. 2 KANSAS 92, HOLY CROSS 59: Brannen Greene returned from suspension to score 14, Wayne Selden had 15 and the host Jayhawks (7-1) rolled.

NO. 5 KENTUCKY 88, E. KY. 67: Alex Poythress had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the host Wildcats (8-1) pulled away to rebound from the team's first loss, last week at UCLA.

NO. 11 PURDUE 93, HOWARD 55: Freshman Caleb Swanigan scored 11 of his 19 during a blistering 56-point first half, and the host Boilermakers improved to 10-0 for the first time since winning their first 14 games in 2009-10.

NO. 13 ARIZ. 85, FRESNO ST. 72: Allonzo Trier had 27 points to lead four players in double figures for the host Wildcats (7-1), who overcame a sluggish first half.

NO. 15 PROVIDENCE 66, BC 51: Rodney Bullock scored 17 to lead the host Friars (9-1) over the Eagles, who played their first game since several team members fell ill to a restaurant-related virus.

DAYTON 72, NO. 21 VANDY 67: Kenneth Pollard scored a season-high 21 for the visiting Flyers (6-1), who rallied from a 16-point deficit to stun the Commodores (6-3).

INDIANA 90, IPFW 65: Yogi Ferrell had a career-high 38 points, four shy of Steve Alford's Assembly Hall record set in 1987, for the host Hoosiers (7-3).


NO. 1 UCONN 94, COLGATE 50: Breanna Stewart had 22 points and a career-high 10 assists to become the first player in NCAA history with 300 blocks and 300 assists, and the visiting Huskies (7-0) won their 44th straight in a game scheduled in honor of the senior star. UConn tried to schedule the game at Syracuse as a tribute to Stewart, who opted to play for the Huskies despite overtures from the Orange while Stewart was a student at Cicero-North Syracuse High.

NO. 3 N. DAME 95, NO. 18 DEPAUL 90: Madison Cable had 21 points and 10 rebounds, helping the host Irish (8-1) hold off a furious second-half rally by the Blue Demons (6-3).

NO. 17 OKLA. 75, TULSA 62: Kaylon Williams had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the visiting Sooners (8-1) won their seventh straight game.

NO. 19 SYRACUSE 88, COPPIN ST. 56: Taylor Ford made three of the Orange's 14 3-pointers and scored a career-high 21 to lead host Syracuse (6-2.)

NO. 25 MICH. ST. 73, DAVIDSON 44: Aerial Powers had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the visiting Spartans (5-2).

Spartans continue perfect start 12/09/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 11:22pm]
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