East Lansing — Nia Clouden scored 23 points and No. 17 Michigan State scored the first 28 second-half points to pull away as the Spartans beat Eastern Michigan, 85-50, on Tuesday in the season opener for both teams.
Freshman Alyza Winston had 12 points and Taryn McCutcheon and Tory Ozment scored 10 apiece for Michigan State.
The Spartans missed 20 of their first 25 field-goal attempts, including eight in a row to open the game, and Rayjon Harris’ layup gave Eastern Michigan its biggest lead of the game at 23-14 with six minutes left in the second quarter.
But Clouden hit a 3-pointer, the first of six consecutive made field goals by Michigan State, to spark a 17-2 run before back-to-back baskets by the Eagles trimmed their deficit to 31-29 at halftime.
The Spartans then scored the first 28 second-half points and outscored Eastern Michigan 32-3 in the third quarter.
The Eagles went 0-for-14 from the field in the period and missed 15 in a row to open the second half.
Corrione Cardwell had 13 points for the Eagles and was the lone Eastern Michigan player to score in double figures.
The Spartans are 16-1 all-time against EMU.
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Loyola-Chicago 89, (at) Detroit Mercy 60: Zoey Oatis finished with 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting, but the Titans fell at Calihan Hallin their opener. Detroit Mercy trailed 48-27 at halftime. Janae Gonzales scored 29 to lead Loyola-Chicago.
(At) Oakland 94, Goshen 66: Daniel Oladapo totaled 21 points, 12 rebounds and five assists and Brad Brechting scored 21 as Oakland won its opener. Xavier Hill-Mais had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Golden Grizzlies. Kevin Kangu added 13 points and reserve Blake Lampman scored 10. Trevor Franklin had 15 points off the bench for the NAIA Maple Leafs, while reserve Landon Newnum scored 14.
(At) Central Michigan 102, Michigan-Dearborn 62: Dallas Morgan had a career-high 23 points as Central Michigan easily won its opener. David DiLeo added 22 points with five 3-pointers for the Chippewas, who were 12-of-27 from distance. DiLeo scored 20 points in the first half as Central Michigan led 51-36. Travon Broadway finished with 17 points and Rob Montgomery added 12 points and nine rebounds.