EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) -- Now comes the challenging part for Maurice Ager and Michigan State.
Ager tied a season-high with 22 points and was among five players in double figures as No. 13 Michigan easily handled Oakland, 92-75.
The Spartans (14-3) won for the 11th time in their last 12 outings and can now focus on Tuesday's Big Ten showdown with undefeated and top-ranked Illinois at the Breslin Center.
"One thing we wanted to accomplish was pushing the ball better, which we did," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "We also wanted to improve in attacking from the baseline and attacking from the wings, which we did a pretty good job of."
Oakland, a member of the Mid-Continent Conference, managed to take an early two-point lead before the Spartans went on a 19-6 run to go in front, 27-16. Kelvin Torbert and Shannon Brown capped the burst with 3-pointers.
Cortney Scott and Patrick McCloskey scored 10 points apiece as the Golden Grizzlies (5-13) trailed, 45-36, at the half.
But Michigan State dashed any hopes of a close game by opening the second half on a 12-2 run for a 57-38 advantage. The Spartans forced 20 Oakland turnovers, which led to 34 points.
"This is one of the toughest places to play in the nation," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. "I have a really young team. Most of them are from Michigan, so they grew up probably wanting to play here and this was their chance. I think we were a bit nervous and made some uncharacteristic turnovers."
Ager scored 16 of his points in the second half, including three 3-pointers, to help keep the Spartans unbeaten in 10 home games this season. Torbert, Brown and Chris Hill added 13 each.
"We wanted to shoot it a little better and we shot 50 percent," Izzo said. "But I didn't think we really shot it that well. You've got to give credit to Oakland. They played a pretty good zone."
After scoring just two points against Michigan on Thursday, Brown was 3-of-9 from the floor, including just 1-of-5 3-pointers.
"Our running game was all right but we still have a lot to work on," Brown said. "It's frustrating at times that things don't go your way. But you have to stay strong and keep going."
Scott had 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Rawle Marshall added 16 for Oakland, which has lost all 11 of its road games.
Michigan State has won all five meetings between the schools by an average of 29.2 points.