EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) -- No. 21 Michigan State looks for a second straight win at home on Sunday afternoon when it hosts Cleveland State at the Breslin Center.
Michigan State (3-2) avoided a third straight loss when it used physical defense for an 82-75 victory over Virginia on Wednesday. Chris Hill scored 22 points and Alan Anderson added 15 as the Spartans held a 30-24 advantage on the glass and got Cavaliers forward Travis Watson into foul trouble.
The Spartans took control with a 17-0 run in which they forced six turnovers and Hill scored eight straight points. Michigan State built a 36-25 halftime lead and withstood a late flurry of 3-pointers by Virginia.
Michigan State has outrebounded all five opponents it has faced this season and owns a rebounding margin of seven boards per game. The Spartans are 2-0 at home and are shooting 50 percent in those victories.
The Spartans have won 61 of their last 63 home games.
Cleveland State (4-3) has won two straight after an 81-61 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Friday. Tahric Gosley scored 23 points and Modibo Diakite added 20 for the Vikings, who shot 59 percent (27-of-53).
The Vikings are 2-1 on the road with wins over Akron and Duquesne and a loss to Colorado State.
Michigan State is 6-0 against Cleveland State. The teams last met on December 6, 1997 in an 85-54 victory for the Spartans.