No. 3 Michigan State routs Boston College 99-68

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) -- Denzel Valentine had a triple-double of 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and No. 3 Michigan State beat Boston College 99-68 Thursday in an opening-round game at the DirectTV Wooden Legacy, giving coach Tom Izzo his 500th career victory.
 
   Valentine helped the Spartans expand their 13-point halftime lead to 27 midway through the second half. His second triple-double of the season was the first in the event's nine-year history.
 
   Valentine's six 3-pointers were one off his career high, and his points total was a career best.
 
   Tum Tum Nairn added 13 points and eight assists for the Spartans, who shot 63 percent and dominated the boards 38-20. 
 
   After the final buzzer, Izzo's players gathered around him at midcourt, holding up "Izzo 500" signs and posing for photos. 
 
   Eli Carter, a graduate transfer from Florida, led the Eagles with 22 points -- one off his career high at BC.
 
   The Spartans (5-0) next play Boise State (3-2) on Friday. The Broncos beat UC Irvine 71-64 in the day's first game at cozy Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. 
 
   Boston College (3-1) will play Irvine (4-1) on Friday.
 
   After hitting consecutive 3-pointers, Valentine backpedaled up the court smiling at Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green sitting courtside. Valentine converted a one-handed jam off a turnover and dashed over to high-five Green, clearly delighted by his alma mater's theatrics.
 
   Valentine scored 14 points in Michigan State's 25-11 run to open the second half. The Spartans made four straight 3-pointers in the spurt, with Valentine hitting three in a row and passing to Bryn Forbes for the other. 
 
   The Eagles tried rallying from the perimeter, getting three straight 3s while closing to 80-59. It didn't help. Valentine sparked a 10-0 burst with a basket and an assist that pushed Michigan State's lead to 88-59.
 
   The Spartans led 46-33 at halftime, getting 13 straight points from Valentine in a 23-13 run to close the half. He had eight points as the Spartans rattled off 10 in a row to launch the spurt that produced their largest lead of 15.
 
   Michigan State shot 62 percent in the game's opening minutes and built a 19-10 lead before Valentine even made his first basket. The Eagles answered with a 10-4 run to close to 23-20 before Valentine's offensive outburst gave the Spartans a cushion. 
 
   TIP-INS
 
   Boston College: The Eagles were trying for their first 4-0 start since 2007. ... Assistant coach Stan Heath, in his first season with the Eagles, spent five years in the same job under Izzo before leaving after the 2001 season. 
 
   Michigan State: Green played for the Spartans from 2008-12. ... Michigan State evened the all-time series 3-3. ... Valentine joined Green as one of only four Spartans to record a triple-double. Green had three in his career. 
 
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