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Updated: Saturday, December 21, 2002 4:38 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(15) Michigan St 65, South Florida 56
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EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) -- Alan Anderson and Chris Hill scored 12 points apiece as No. 15 Michigan State cruised to its fifth straight win, a 65-56 victory over South Florida.

Michigan State (7-2) raced to a 22-4 lead in the first 10:15 and was never threatened thereafter. Freshman Erazem Lorbek converted a three-point play to cap the decisive run.

"Defensively, we did a great job of taking them out of their stuff," Hill said. "The good thing is we can play a lot better. Unfortunately, we didn't sustain that for longer."

Kelvin Torbert added 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Spartans, who are 4-0 at the Breslin Center this year, winning by an average of more than 20 points.

"There were times that I thought we played extremely well against a very good team and a very well-coached team," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "I thought at times we made (them) look like an average team, especially at the start. We really did the job defensively."

Will McDonald and Brian Swift scored 15 points apiece for the Bulls (5-3), who went 0-for-14 from the floor in the opening 11-plus minutes and lost for the third time in as many road games this season.

"That wasn't exactly the start we were looking for," Bulls coach Seth Greenberg said. "I thought our shot selection in the first five minutes was not good enough to win a game like this. It took us five or six minutes to understand how physical this game was going to be. They were very good defensively early."

Anderson and Hill made consecutive layups to open a 6-0 cushion for Michigan State just 2:10 into the contest, prompting South Florida to call a timeout.

After McDonald put the Bulls on the board with a pair of free throws, the Spartans put together a 9-0 burst. Torbert capped it, hitting a shot with 14:52 to go in the period.

Hill registered four of his six assists during the Spartans' early run. The sophomore guard fed Anderson for a 3-pointer on a fast break. Anderson then set up Lorbek, who was fouled while converting a dunk, hit from the line and made it 22-4.

"I just felt the casualness we came out with in the second half is something that we just can't have, especially against good teams," Izzo said. "We have a ton of work left if we are going to get to the point that I think this team can get to."

A 6-11 center, McDonald missed six shots in the opening 8 1/2 minutes and Marly Bryant was wayward with a pair.

"I thought Al (Anagonye) did a great job on Will McDonald early and that was the difference in the game," Izzo said.

"They did a good job of keeping a body on Will," Greenberg said. "It's hard to have any lift in your game when you have 270 pounds leaning up against you."

Bryant finally ended the drought, hitting from the arc with 8:35 left in the half, but the Bulls found themselves in a 22-7 hole.


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