EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) -- No. 20 Michigan State continued its outstanding play at the Breslin Center behind the inside-outside tandem of Paul Davis and Kevin Torbert.
Davis and Torbert scored 15 points apiece as Michigan State improved to 6-0 at home with a 92-63 victory over UNC Asheville.
The Spartans, who blitzed the Bulldogs on the fast break, 27-2, have won at home by an average of 33.2 points, including a 76-64 triumph over UCLA on December 21.
Davis scored 10 points within the first 9:30 of the contest, dunking the ball for a 26-12 lead. He finished the first half with 12 points as Michigan State (8-2) took a 42-18 lead into the break.
"We wanted to start off and send a message," Davis said. "I thought we did that. We made some crowd pleasing plays and it got us into it, so all around, I thought we played really hard. We still made a couple of mistakes but we didn't let that effect us."
Torbert, who had seven points in the opening 20 minutes, shot 6-of-8 from the field with three 3-pointers.
"I think everybody played with a little more confidence," Torbert said. "Guys were setting each other up and everybody played unselfish. I think we played well today and hopefully it's a stepping stone for the Big Ten season."
The Spartans, who have won five straight games overall, will open their conference schedule January 5 at Penn State.
Alan Anderson scored 14 points and Shannon Brown chipped in 13 for Michigan State, which shot 56 percent (31-of-55) and had five players reach double figures.
"Our defense was good," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "We played awfully hard in the first half, but there are always things to improve upon. Still, our shooting percentage, our assists, our unselfishness and our balance were there."
Omar Collington and Steven Rush had 14 points with four 3-pointers apiece for UNC Asheville (3-7), which dropped to 0-6 on the road this season despite shooting 11-of-23 from the arc.
"We didn't execute very well on offense but a lot of that had to do with Michigan State's defense," UNC Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach said. "In the first half, we just went through too many stretches where we didn't play with a whole lot of consistency."