EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) -- After Michigan State soundly beat Loyola-Chicago, it was hard to tell the winners from the losers.
Chris Hill totaled 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the 15th-ranked Spartans to their fourth straight victory, 80-54 over the Ramblers.
Michigan State (6-2) was looking for a dominating effort after recording a big road win over then No. 16 Kentucky on Saturday. According to coach Tom Izzo, the Spartans did not get it.
"This is the time you hate stat sheets because the stat sheets look pretty good, and I was disappointed in the effort and the way this team played today," he said.
"I don't think we had a great practice before Kentucky and we played very well, and I thought we had a great practice yesterday. We have to get better in practice or we are in trouble on Saturday (against South Florida)."
Izzo recognized that many of his players are sick with the flu but still expects more.
"Sooner or later you have to grow up," he said. "Leadership on this team is nonexistent right now. If you wonder why I have to get more involved, that is the reason, and I will, starting tomorrow."
Loyola-Chicago coach Larry Farmer understood Izzo's reaction.
"Nobody knows this team better than he does," Farmer said. "And if he's not happy with some of the things they did, maybe he's just trying to get them better."
Reserve Erazem Lorbek and Alan Anderson added 12 points apiece for the Spartans, who have not lost since enduring consecutive defeats at the Great Alaska Shootout to Villanova and Oklahoma State on November 29-30.
Michigan State improved to 4-0 at the Breslin Center. It has won 34 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents.
"We were definitely disappointed tonight despite the outcome because we wanted to use this opportunity to prove to ourselves that coming off a big win against Kentucky Saturday," Hill said.
"(We wanted to prove) we could come out and have the same intensity level and be able to sustain that and build on it. We felt like there was a definite drop in intensity and the way we played."
Senior forward Adam Ballinger agreed that they let down after the Kentucky win.
"Yes there was, and we still won by a lot of points, but that's not what we are looking at," Ballinger said. "We want to improve every game and we didn't improve as far as our intensity."
The Spartans owned a 34-25 lead at intermission and scored the first seven points of the second half.
Loyola-Chicago (4-4) closed within 53-43 with 11:43 left on a 3-pointer by Terrance Whiters. However, Michigan State quickly built a 61-43 cushion with 9:03 to go.
The Spartans took a 26-point lead twice in the second half, the last time with 62 seconds remaining as Lorbek hit a basket for the final margin.
"Give them credit because they presented some problems for us," Hill said. "They're extremely quick on the perimeter."
David Bailey scored 15 points and Paul McMillan contributed 14 for the Ramblers, who fell to 2-8 all-time against Michigan State.
Loyola-Chicago, which has won just three non-conference road affairs since the start of the 1999-2000 season, has lost seven straight meetings with Big Ten foes.
"We were very excited about the opportunity to come and play a team like Michigan State," Farmer said. "Our kids respect Michigan State, but we were not afraid.
"When you play teams like Michigan State, a lot of your weaknesses are exposed. Once our players understand things like boxing out, good shot selection and getting back on defense, we will get better. Games like this reinforce these things. From our standpoint, our guys got a valuable education tonight."
Paul Davis came off the bench to score 11 points and Kelvin Torbert chipped in 10 as the Spartans shot 52 percent (30-of-58) from the field and owned a 45-31 edge in rebounding.
The Ramblers shot 36 percent (22-of-61), including 7-of-25 (28 percent) from 3-point range, and attempted just eight free throws, making three.
"Neadless to say, we're disappointed, particularly with our shooting and rebounding in the second half," Farmer said. "If it wasn't for their great shooting, transition game and excellent defense, I thought we could've made it a closer game. However, I was pleased with our effort, and I thought we battled."