EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Matt Costello had 13 points and 11 rebounds as No. 19 Michigan State overpowered Loyola of Chicago 87-52 on Friday night.
Branden Dawson and Marvin Clark Jr. each scored 15 for the Spartans (2-1). Travis Trice added 13 and Denzel Valentine 12, and Michigan State never trailed.
Milton Doyle had 13 points for the Ramblers (2-1) on 5-for-14 shooting. Loyola, which came in making 55.1 percent, hit just 24 percent and was down 38-14 at halftime.
After struggling inside in a six-point win at Navy and a 10-point loss to Duke in the Champions Classic, Michigan State was determined to get the ball to its big men early and often.
The Spartans did exactly that when Costello scored his team’s first six points and backup Gavin Schilling added six more before the break, nearly matching the Ramblers’ first-half total.
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