Michigan State Dominates Alcorn State: In East Lansing, No. 18 Michigan State displayed dominance with an 81-49 victory over Alcorn State. Despite missing leading scorer Tyson Walker due to illness, the Spartans showcased their depth, with Tre Holloman scoring 17 points and Jaden Akins contributing 13. Coen Carr added 11 points in a well-rounded performance.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo acknowledged Walker’s absence and expressed confidence in his return for the upcoming game against Arizona. Holloman stepped up in Walker’s absence, particularly in the first half, where he scored 12 of his 17 points.
Jeremiah Gambrell led Alcorn State with 12 points, but the Braves struggled, hitting only 26.2% from the field for the game. Michigan State’s defense impressed Izzo, although he expressed concern about the Spartans’ rebounding, noting Alcorn State’s 16 offensive rebounds.
The game’s momentum shifted decisively in Michigan State’s favor after Alcorn State briefly took a 5-3 lead. A 13-0 run propelled the Spartans to a commanding lead, ultimately reaching a 44-16 advantage at halftime. The Braves couldn’t recover, facing a deficit as large as 30 points in the first half.
While Alcorn State faced challenges, Michigan State showcased efficiency, shooting 52% from the field. Despite the victory, Izzo remained focused on addressing rebounding issues, highlighting the different perspectives on offensive and defensive opportunities presented during the game.