EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Shannon Brown had 12 points off the
bench, including three spectacular dunks on his 18th birthday, to
help Michigan State (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today; No. 3 AP) beat Penn 77-52 Saturday in the first
game of the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic.
Kelvin Torbert had 15 points at power forward, a new position,
and Chris Hill added 13, all in the final 21 minutes for Michigan
State (2-1). But the bench was just as important in pulling away
from the Quakers (1-2).
Brown was the best player on the court with 6-for-10 shooting
from the field and five rebounds, while Delco Rowley and Tim
Bograkos supplied a lift for the slow-starting Spartans.
Michigan State fell behind early, just as it did in Tuesday's
81-74 loss at No. 6 Kansas. That changed when Brown energized his
team and the crowd with slams reminiscent of the 1979 national
It was the schools' first meeting in 25 seasons, when the
Spartans slammed Penn 101-67 in a Final Four semifinal in Salt Lake
City. In the second game of the two-day event, DePaul played
Indiana State in another rematch from 25 seasons ago.
The Quakers' Tim Begley led all scorers with 17 points. But
after missing its first seven shots, Michigan State gradually took
over, led 32-23 at halftime and pulled away behind .643 shooting
from the field in the second half.