Green Bay 46

(1-1, 0-1 away)

(10) Michigan State 104

(2-0, 2-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 23, 2004

    Breslin Center, East Lansing, Michigan

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    Spartans open game with 23-5 run

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Alan Anderson couldn't stop smiling, and his teammates couldn't stop scoring.

    Anderson led a balanced offense with 18 points, and Michigan State (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) beat Wisconsin-Green Bay 104-46 on Tuesday night to reach 100 points in consecutive games for the first time in more than 40 years.

    "We've got a lot of great athletes and a lot of depth, and we can pour our hearts out," Anderson said after going 7-for-8 from the field. "It's a lot of fun to play that way. But we have to keep the same intensity, regardless of which team we're playing."

    After hosting Nicholls State on Saturday, the Spartans will travel to Duke on Nov. 30 for a marquee game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Blue Devils beat Michigan State 72-50 last year, a game the Spartans haven't forgotten.

    "Last year was last year," Anderson said. "This is a totally different Michigan State team. And we're one of the toughest teams in the nation when we do what we do. If everyone does that, we'll be fine."

    Paul Davis had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Shannon Brown and Kelvin Torbert each scored 15, and Maurice Ager added 13 for the Spartans (2-0).

    Coupled with a 104-72 win over Florida A&M on Saturday, Michigan State had its highest two-game scoring output since consecutive 107-point games against Iowa and Northwestern in February 1964.

    The Spartans raced to a 36-10 lead in the first half, shooting 63.6 percent from 3-point range. The highlight of the second half was a 26-11 edge on the boards, including 12 rebounds at the offensive end.

    "We definitely want to run more this season, and the way to do that is to rebound," Davis said. "The big thing in the second half was to keep playing hard and to finish the game. We have to stay consistent and not let up."

    Michigan State, which had two 100-point games in Tom Izzo's first nine seasons as head coach, put six players in double figures. Drew Neitzel nearly made it seven with eight points and five assists.

    "First, I've got to say that's not the Green Bay team I've seen on film," Izzo said. "One of their best players wasn't here. I think they wore down. And we wore them down."

    Wisconsin-Green Bay (1-1), which played without starting guard Javier Mendiburu, was led by Benito Flores' 13 points.

    "I'm certainly not very happy or very proud about how our team played tonight," Wisconsin-Green Bay coach Tod Kowalczyk said. "I think a lot of that has to do with how good Michigan State is. They have to be one of the best transition teams I've had the chance to see in my coaching career."

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