STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (Ticker) -- Tom Izzo's team did not miss a beat with the start of conference play.
Alan Anderson scored 17 points and Shannon Brown added 16 to lead No. 19 Michigan State to an 84-58 victory over Penn State in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Anderson scored 13 in the first half and helped the Spartans (9-2, 1-0 Big Ten) to a 17-2 run and a 40-30 lead at intermission.
Kelvin Torbert became the 32nd Michigan State player to reach 1,000 points when he scored on a dunk midway through the second half to extend the Spartans lead to 62-42.
"I thought this was a game of twists and turns," Izzo said. "We played average early on with no energy. Our team has been practicing well. But that only gives you the right to play well. It doesn't cause our team to play well."
Torbert scored all 11 of his points in the second half and Maurice Ager added 12 for the game as the Spartans shot 51 percent (30-of-59) and made 16-of-17 free throws.
"They posted our players well and we were not strong defensively," Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. "We had to take care of the ball more if we wanted to make a difference in the game."
Michigan State won its sixth straight game and beat Penn State for the 21st time in 24 meetings.
"We had good looks in the first half, but couldn't buy a bucket," Izzo said. "We did a good job defensively all game and then we were able to shoot well and rebound well in the second half."
Geary Claxton scored a career-high 20 points for Penn State (6-8, 0-1), which committed 20 turnovers in losing for the sixth time in seven games.
"In the first half, we played well," Claxton said. "In the second half, we didn't come out like we did in the first. We need to play harder on defense and cut down on mistakes."