EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) -- No. 10 Michigan State's hopes of extending its winning streak in season openers never was in doubt.
Kelvin Torbert scored 21 points and Maurice Ager added 20 as the Spartans stretched their run in season openers to 28 games with a 104-72 rout of Florida A&M.
Unbeaten in its first game of the season since dropping an 81-76 decision to Central Michigan in 1976, Michigan State was strong from the start, opening a 16-2 lead early in the first half before carrying a 60-27 bulge into intermission.
"I thought we played awfully well in the first half and we did a lot of good things," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "The things that impressed me most was the unselfishness. I thought the way we moved the ball around was good and our defense was solid, except for a few times on the transition."
"I have to thank all of (the media) for sticking around until the end," Florida A&M coach Mike Gillespie said. "I probably would have left at halftime. If I could have left, I would have. Obviously, the better team won. There is a reason why they call these 'guarantee games.'"
The 60 points - on 70.4 percent shooting - were the most in a half by the Spartans since they scored 61 against Penn State in the second half on January 3, 2001.
"I know we have a lot of good shooters, but that's better than what even I would expect," said Michigan State guard Chris Hill, who scored 14 points and added six assists to move into 10th place on the school's all-time list with 317. "A lot of it was the unselfishness of the whole team. Guys passed up good shots for better shots and we were able to make the baskets."
Ager scored 12 points in the first 20 minutes, which saw the Spartans hit 7-of-11 from the arc. Torbert added 19 in the second half as Michigan State cruised to the 10th season-opening victory in as many years for Izzo.
Shannon Brown scored a career-high 18 points for the Spartans, who reached the century mark for the first time since December 9, 2000 against Loyola. Alan Anderson and Paul Davis each added 10 points to give Michigan State six players in double figures, a feat it had not accomplished since December 9, 2001 vs. Nicholls State.
"There wasn't one phase of the game that they didn't do well," Gillespie said. "They guarded, they shared the basketball, they ran the fast break and their ability to shoot the ball is incredible."
"It was an OK game," Brown said. "In the first half, we came out and played. ... Our big men played well. I think we just tried to come with a lot of intensity."
Tony Tate scored 19 points for the Rattlers (0-1), who fell to 0-5 all-time against Big Ten opponents.