STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Drew Neitzel scored 28 points as Michigan State shot a sizzling 68 percent from the floor and played suffocating defense in a 91-64 win over Penn State on Saturday.
Neitzel was a blur, slipping around screens, running the baseline and sneaking into the lane for buckets. He finished with 17 points in the first half, including a floater three seconds before halftime that gave Michigan State (16-4, 3-2 Big Ten) the Spartans a 45-23 lead.Penn State (10-8, 1-4 Big Ten) never got closer than 18 after halftime, and the Spartans won their first road game of the season and their eighth straight victory over Penn State.Goran Suton had 16 points and six rebounds for Michigan State while Marquise Gray added 14 points and six boards.Jamelle Cornley led Penn State with 21 points and six rebounds. His active inside play was one of the few bright spots for the Lions.Otherwise, the afternoon belonged to Michigan State -- a nice win for a team that is supposed to be in a rebuilding season. One of the Big Ten's best rebounding teams had a 33-19 advantage on the boards over Penn State.Neitzel hit shots all over the floor. His deep 3 with about three minutes into the first half broke the last tie of the game and gave the Spartans a 7-4 lead. He converted an offensive rebound to put Michigan State ahead 18-9.Then, with just more than eight minutes left in the half, Neitzel slipped across the baseline to the corner for an open 3 after Penn State's Geary Claxton couldn't fight through a screen, giving the Spartans a 27-13 lead.It wasn't much better on the offensive end for Claxton, who was hounded all day by Michigan State's Raymar Morgan and teammates. Claxton, Penn State's leading scorer, was held to 4-of-12 shooting and finished with 11 points.Mike Walker added nine points after hitting three 3-pointers in the second half for the Lions.