While Michigan State star Denzel Valentine made his long awaited return from injury, the Spartans continued their winning ways in Happy Valley.
Senior guard Bryn Forbes was on fire in the first half with 20 points, including 6 of 8 from three-point range as No. 5 MSU (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) jumped out to an early 15-point lead and never looked back in the 92-65 win over Penn State (10-7, 1-3 Big Ten)
Valentine, who did not start the game, looked rusty in the first half with no points but played well in the second half scoring 10 points along with 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Playing for the first time since his arthroscopic knee surgery that cost him the last four games, head coach Tom Izzo limited the senior guard’s minutes in his first game back.
Junior guard Eron Harris and junior forward Gavin Schilling each added 13 points for the Spartans who have now won three in a row since suffering their first loss of the season at Iowa back on December 29th.
Sophomore guard Shep Garner led the Nittany Lions with 19 points and sophomore forward Julian Moore contributed 13 points off the bench for Penn State.
MSU will host the Hawkeyes this upcoming Thursday at the Breslin Center (7 p.m. ESPN).