Junior Ty Toney led the Eagles offensively, scoring 18 points and tying his season high. Junior Willie Mangum IV also finished in double digits with 10 points.
Despite the big shooting performance, EMU's defense was still able to force pressure on MSU, notching 13 turnovers on the Spartans, and turning them into 15 points. Of the 15 TO's, seven of them were steals for EMU, with six different Eagles getting in on the takeaways. EMU only turned the ball over four times, the fewest since totalling four last season against Concordia University.
The Eagles initially jumped out to a 4-0 lead but the Spartans were quick to respond with an 8-0 run. At the eight minute mark, EMU only trailed by five points before being outscored 20-10 the rest of the way to trail by a 40-25 margin at the half.
Michigan State maintained its steady lead throughout the first period, led by its three-point shooting. MSU shot 45 percent in the first half, making 5 of 11 opportunities. It was the main difference, as EMU out-played MSU in the paint, outscoring them 16-10. Michigan State also made the most of its free throw attempts, connecting on 13 of 17, compared to EMU, who only had two opportunities from the charity stripe, making one.
MSU's three-point assault did not slow down in the second half, as the Spartans hit three more in the first four minutes. This keyed a 24-11 run out of the break to take a commanding 64-36 lead. MSU would hold steady and go on to lead by as many as 34 throughout the rest of the second half, cruising to the victory.
In the second half, EMU continued to battle and saw some notable performances from key bench players. Redshirt senior Jordan Martin notched a career-high six points, while redshirt sophomore Trent Perry hit a pair of three-point shots to finish with six, as well. True freshman Lamonta Stone II also reached a career-high with five points.
Eastern now gets back to the Convocation Center on Wednesday, Nov. 25 for a matinee showdown with Marygrove College. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3.