Cassius Winston made his first comments in public since the death of his brother, thanking Michigan State fans for their support.
Winston had 11 points and eight assists to help the third-ranked Spartans tune up with a 94-46 win over Charleston Southern on Monday night in East Lansing.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo offered Winston an opportunity to address the Breslin Center crowd after the game because the senior guard has been appreciative of the cards, flowers and words of encouragement he has received from the community.
"I lost a piece of my heart, but you guys are keeping me going," Winston told fans, who were asked to stay in their seats following the game. "I love everything about this place."
Winston played in his second home game and third this season since his younger brother, Zachary, died after being hit by an Amtrak train in Albion, where he played Division III basketball.
Xavier Tillman scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Spartans (3-1).
Michigan State was without starting forward Aaron Henry, who rolled both ankles in last week's victory over Seton Hall.
• Duke moved to No. 1 for the first time this season in the Associated Press poll. The previous No.1, Kentucky, fell to No. 9 after losing at home to Evansville. Duke is No. 1 for the 143rd week, extending its own record. Ohio State jumped from 16th to 10th.
• Arizona's Zeke Nnaji, a 6-11 forward from Hopkins High School, was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive time. Nnaji averaged 22.0 points in Arizona's two victories last week, going 15-for-15 from the field. He leads NCAA Division I in field goal percentage (.846).
• Connecticut freshman James Bouknight was accepted into a probation program designed to leave him without a criminal record in connection with a Sept.27 traffic accident. The 6-4 guard served a three-game suspension and is expected to make his UConn debut on Thursday.
• Notre Dame fell out of the AP women's poll for the first time since the end of the 2006-07 season.