ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Ticker) -- Chris Hill scored 23 points to lead a balanced attack as 10th-ranked Michigan State cruised to an 80-60 rout of Montana in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout.
Michigan State (2-0) will meet Villanova in Friday's semifinals. The Spartans are the only ranked team in the field.
Montana (1-2) got a basket to open the scoring before Hill's 3-pointer triggered a 16-1 run. The Grizzlies fought back and pulled within 18-17 when freshman Kevin Criswell drained three foul shots with 8:38 left in the first half.
The Spartans responded with seven straight points and were not threatened the rest of the way. They allowed only seven baskets in the first half in opening a 37-29 halftime advantage.
A 14-2 spurt capped by Kelvin Torbert's 3-pointer gave Michigan State a 51-31 cushion with 16:37 remaining. Adam Ballinger scored the first nine points of the second half.
Michigan State had 21 assists on 25 baskets as Hill and Tim Bograkos each handed out six. Ballinger and Erazem Lorbek each netted 11 points and Torbert and Alan Anderson each added nine.
The Spartans later ran off 14 straight points to gain their biggest lead at 70-42 on two foul shots by Torbert with just under six minutes to go. The Grizzlies were held scoreless for almost eight minutes before Chris McKay drained a jumper with just under five minutes left.
Michigan State's defense was outstanding in the second half as well as Montana had just nine baskets.
Criswell led the Grizzlies with 16 points and Steve Horne added 14 for Montana, which was pounded on the glass, 35-18.
Anderson was perfect at the line in five attempts as Michigan State made 22-of-28.