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Halftime: Michigan State 42, New Mexico State 29

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Michigan State is all over New Mexico State.

The Spartans are doing just about everything right and lead 42-29 at halftime.

Some thoughts.

  • The Spartans were didn't look anything like the team that flopped in the Big Ten tournament. They shot 56 percent from the field and were 6-of-12 from 3-point range. New Mexico State is at 33 percent from the field.

  • Durrell Summers has been inconsistent for MSU much of the year, but he scored 12 points in the first half.

  • It caused a bit of a stir before the game when New Mexico State's leading scorer Jahmar Young replied,"Who?" when asked about Michigan State's two-time first-team All-Big Ten point guard Kalin Lucas, who said he felt disrespected. Lucas scored 14 points in the first half, while Young had just two point, is 0-for-4 from the field a was whistled for a technical foul.

  • See if you can figure out which team is getting better guard play: The Aggies have six assists and eight turnovers. The Spartans have 12 assists and seven turnovers.

  • As expected, the Spartans have an advantage on the offensive boards: seven to three.