EAST LANSING, Mich. — Going against its second ranked team of the season, Arkansas-Pine Bluff needed things to go right from the very start to compete on Michigan State’s home floor.
Things didn’t. UAPB took nearly the first 10 minutes score its first points, went into halftime with its lowest first-point total of the season, and left the Breslin Center with a 76-44 loss to the coaches’ 17th-ranked Spartans on Wednesday.
The Golden Lions (1-7), who have lost five straight, trailed the Spartans (7-2) 38-12 at intermission, missing their first 13 shots. Michigan State was ahead 14-0 until Mitchell Anderson’s layup got UAPB on the board at the 10:08 mark of the first half.
For the game, UAPB — a 35.5 percent field-goal shooting team going into Wednesday — hit 15 of 54 for 27.8 percent, converting only 1 of 10 three-point attempts. The Lions hit 13 of 20 free throws for 65 percent.
Davon Haynes, a Detroit native, led UAPB with 20 points, hitting 7 of 14 from the field and 6 of 7 from the line. He also had four rebounds and two steals.
Anderson followed with nine points and five rebounds, but struggled again from the floor, hitting only 3 of 16 shots. Lazabian Jackson added six points and Jaylon Floyd, another Detroiter, followed with four.
Lions center Daniel Broughton came off the bench his first game of the season after recovering from surgery on his injured knee. He had three points, hitting only 1 of 9 from the floor.
Michigan State didn’t have much trouble from the floor, hitting 28 of 56 shots for 50 percent, including 7 of 25 from long range. Gary Harris, one of four guards in the team’s starting lineup, led Michigan State with 13 points, followed by Travis Trice with 12 points off the bench, Branden Dawson with 10 and Keith Appling with nine.
UAPB next will play at Air Force Academy at 3 p.m. Saturday.