Michigan State basketball gets help from almost everyone in 73-55 win

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EAST LANSING — Version 1.0 of Michigan State basketball’s slimmed down roster showed plenty of promise.

At times strong rebounding. At times precision outside shooting. Mixing and matching lineups. A return of Jaden Akins. Contributions from freshmen.

All of which led to a 73-55 season-opening win over Northern Arizona on Monday night at Breslin Center.

Senior forward Joey Hauser led the Spartans with 18 points and 10 rebounds after getting just two double-doubles last season. Until late garbage time, MSU coach Tom Izzo went 10 deep, with each of those players scoring and his bench outscoring the Lumberjacks, 31-5. MSU also had a 36-14 edge in paint scoring.

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AJ Hoggard had nine points and eight assists despite battling foul trouble. Nine of the regular rotation players had between four and six points. The Spartans outrebounded NAU, 46-35, with freshman center Jaxon Kohler grabbing nine with his six points in his MSU debut. Malik Hall had seven rebounds with five points, and junior center Mady Sissoko adding six boards.

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