Michigan State basketball beats Eastern Michigan, 83-59: Game thread replay

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Michigan State Spartans (2-1) vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-2)

When: 5 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Breslin Center in East Lansing.

TV: None (online-only on Big Ten Network-Plus).

Radio: WJR-AM (760). (Spartans' radio affiliates)

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Box score

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Game notes: Freshman Max Christie is rounding into form for the Spartans; he's averaging 11 points and 3.7 rebounds per game over MSU's first three outings, even while his 3-point shooting (35.7%) is still a little raw. Co-captain Gabe Brown, meanwhile, appears to have stepped up, with 15.3 points and five rebounds a game, including shooting 64.3% on 2-pointers.

The Spartans are looking to extend a 10-game winning streak against the Eagles. EMU's last win over MSU came on Dec. 17, 1987, when the Eagles' Grant Long scored 21 points, including a three-point play in OT to lock up an 84-80 victory at Bowen Field House in Ypsilanti. The stands that day were packed for a halftime tribute to the California Bowl-bound football team. The game this year is in East Lansing, but EMU is bowl-eligible again. Just saying.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State beats Eastern Michigan, 83-59: Game thread replay