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Morgan comes up big as Michigan State routs Oklahoma State

Nov 29, 2008 - 6:05 AM LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (Ticker) -- Raymar Morgan had no problem with his new role as a reserve.

Morgan came off the bench to score a season-high 29 points as sixth-ranked Michigan State had little trouble with Oklahoma State, 94-79, in a consolation matchup in the Old Spice Classic on Friday.

Moved out of the starting lineup by coach Tom Izzo after a foul-filled showing in the upset loss to Maryland the night before, Morgan bounced back strong, shooting 9-of-11 from the field and going 11-of-13 on free throws.

The junior forward recorded the majority of his offense in the second half when the game was well in hand, reaching the free-throw line 10 times en route to scoring 20 points after intermission. He finished two points shy of his career high.

With Morgan clicking again, the Spartans (3-1) shook off the 80-62 loss to Maryland in Thursday's first round of the event to reach the consolation final, where they will face Wichita State.

Michigan State held a 41-10 advantage in bench points in the contest, mainly thanks to the exploits of Morgan.

Kalin Lucas had 12 points and 10 assists and Marquise Gray scored 12 for the Spartans, who shot 59 percent (35-of-59) from the field.

The Spartans blew open the game with a 17-3 run, grabbing a 36-19 advantage with 4:34 left in the first half. Morgan had five points during the spurt.

Michigan State extended the lead to 61-39 with 14:41 remaining on the strength of a 10-3 run. Lucas and Travis Walton both had four points during the burst.

Terrel Harris led the Cowboys (4-2) with 21 points.

Obi Muonelo scored 15 points, Eaton 14 and James Anderson 13 for Oklahoma State, which was outclassed in points in the paint, 44-22.