GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Michigan State 79, Western Michigan 61

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Joey Hauser finished with a career-high 24 points in a 79-61 win over Western Michigan.

The Marquette transfer scored in double digits in each of his first four games with the Spartans, and was making more than half of his shots before his breakout game. He was unhappy, however, about making just 3 of 13 on 3-pointers until connecting on a career-high six shots beyond the arc on 10 attempts.

Hauser credited his teammates for keeping his confidence up after his shaky start on shots from the outside by encouraging him to shoot more.

The Spartans (5-0) seemed flat or perhaps just tired for a second straight game at home after beating No. 6 Duke with an inspired effort on the road. Playing for a third time in six days, Michigan State led the Broncos (0-2) by just two points midway through the second half and trailed for six-plus minutes in the game.

Western Michigan played for the first time since Nov. 25, when it lost by four points at Butler. The Broncos had their two previous games canceled because of coronavirus issues at Trine and due to their own outbreak, they did not play at Notre Dame.

Bates said his team was missing two starters and a key reserve against Michigan State because of coronavirus-related reasons.

B. Artis White, son of former Spartan basketball player Benny White, scored 19 points for the Broncos and Titus Wright had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Mid-American Conference team.

Michigan State, which barely beat Detroit 83-76 on Friday night, was sluggish early. The start may have been slowed by Aaron Henry being forced to come off the bench because he was late to a team meeting.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo said he sat Henry after he was a few minutes late to a meeting after giving him a warning for arriving right on time for a previous meeting.

Henry finished with 12 points and five assists, while Rocket Watts had 10 points and six assists.


Associated Press