Michigan State opens basketball portion of Italy trip with 98-54 win in Florence exhibition

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EAST LANSING — The Michigan State men’s basketball team opened up its exhibition tour in Italy with a 98-54 victory over Basket-Florentina on Tuesday.

Lansing’s Bryn Forbes led the way with 18 points, while fellow Lansing product Denzel Valentine had 16 points. Marvin Clark had 14 points, Gavin Schilling 12 and Deyonta Davis 10 for the Spartans.

The statistics on the game came via the Spartan Basketball Twitter account and Michigan State director of basketball operations Kevin Pauga.

The game was played with four, 10-minute quarters and a 24-second shot clock.

The Spartans shot 57.6 percent from the floor, making 38-of-66 attempts including 8-of-17 from beyond the international 3-point arc.

MSU was also 14-of-18 from the free-throw line in a game that was never close.

Davis, a 6-foot-10, 245-pound freshman, led the Spartans in rebounding with eight, while Clark pulled down seven.

Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn got the start at point guard and had a team-high eight assists. Valentine added seven.

Michigan State will play again on Friday in Trieste against the Russian National Team, closing the trip with games on Saturday against the Italian National Team and Sunday versus the Georgian National Team.

Michigan State arrived in Rome on Saturday after a nine-hour direct flight from Detroit.

Junior Eron Harris and junior Alvin Ellis III both made the trip with the team, but neither of the guards will be allowed to play on account of disciplinary action being taken by coach Tom Izzo for violations of team rules.

The team returns to East Lansing next Tuesday and begins play with a Nov. 4 exhibition at Breslin Center against Northern Michigan.

The Spartans’ regular season-opener is on Nov. 13 against Florida Atlantic in East Lansing.