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Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2002 8:36 AM EST
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Loyola Chi (4-3) at No. 15 Michigan St (5-2)
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EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) -- No. 15 Michigan State tries for a fourth straight victory on Tuesday night when it hosts Loyola-Chicago at the Breslin Center.

Michigan State (5-2) earned a huge win on the road with Saturday's 71-67 victory over 16th-ranked Kentucky. Tim Bograkos' 3-pointer with 48 seconds left was the difference for the Spartans, who won their first road game.

Chris Hill scored 16 points and freshman Paul Davis added 13 for Michigan State, which has not lost since returning from the Great Alaska Shootout. Hill made four 3-pointers as the Spartans drained 8-of-15 from beyond the arc.

Michigan State is 3-0 at home this season, winning by an average of over 17 points per game. This is the opener of a four-game homestand.

Loyola-Chicago (4-3) had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 75-57 loss at Belmont on Saturday. David Bailey scored 19 points but the Ramblers shot just 32 percent (19-of-60).

Saturday's game was the opener of a six-game road trip for the Ramblers, who are 1-3 on the road.

Bailey's 17.2 scoring average leads the team and freshman Terrance Whiters is second at 14.3.

Michigan State leads the series, 7-2. The teams last met in Chicago on December 9, 2000 when the Spartans cruised to a 103-71 rout despite 25 points from Bailey.


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