Hauser’s double-double leads Michigan State past NAU 73-55

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Joey Hauser had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Pierre Brooks had 14 points, and Michigan State beat Northern Arizona 73-55 Monday night in the season opener .

Hauser and Brooks each made 3-pointers on a 10-0 run to give Michigan State an 18-4 lead. The Spartans led by at least eight points at rest, including 34-20 at the break. Brooks’ fourth 3-pointer gave Michigan State its biggest lead of the game at 59-38.

AJ Hoggard added nine points with eight assists for Michigan State. Hauser and Brooks each made four 3-pointers as Michigan State went 9 of 27.

Jalen Cone led Northern Arizona with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Liam Lloyd added 11 points, but the Lumberjacks shot just 31.7 percent from the field.

Cone scored 12 of Northern Arizona’s 20 points in the first half as his teammates combined to shoot 3 for 18.

On Friday, the Spartans take on No. 2 Gonzaga on an aircraft carrier in San Diego. Next up is Kentucky’s No. 4 at Indianapolis and Villanova’s No. 16 at home. At the Phil Knight Invitational in Oregon, they will face No. 20 Alabama with possibly No. 21 Oregon and top-ranked North Carolina.


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