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The #1 Michigan State Spartans kicked off the 2019-202o season tonight with an anticipated 85-50 blowout win over Albion College. It was a festive fun night for the Spartan Nation as Player of the Year Cassius Winston has two brothers on the Albion Team.
The Spartans were led in the scoring department by Xavier Tillman who had 19 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Cassius Winston was the only other double-digit scorer, he had 16 and nine assists.
Above is the complete video of PF Thomas Kithier. Here is a partial transript:
Sophomore forward Thomas Kithier
On his performance…
For myself, I thought I played pretty well. There were some minor things here and there I can improve on, but I think I played pretty decent. I think I rebounded well too.
On some of the errors that were made early in the game…
Yeah, those were really just mental mistakes. We need to work on transition D too. A couple of times we had trouble talking; we have some new guys who need to learn the chemistry still. We just got to work on those two things, transition D and talking more and we'll be fine.
On how he thought the freshman performed…
The freshmen did really well. I think Malik (Hall) did a good job of coming in with energy in the second half. I thought Rocket (Watts) did a good job of talking and playing in his role. He's an aggressive player who can really help us out. Julius (Marble) did a great job too with bringing energy. Steven (Izzo) got his first bucket so I think all the freshmen did really well.
The regular season tips off next Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City against the #2 Kentucky Wildcats in the Champions Classic.
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