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Tyson Walker makes Michigan State basketball history

At least some good came from the loss.

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Tyson Walker broke Kalin Lucas’ Michigan State basketball program record of 33 consecutive double-digit scoring games on Tuesday.

Michigan State basketball suffered a heartbreaking loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night, 59-56. A lot went wrong in this game for MSU, but at least one good thing happened.

Tyson Walker had another solid game for MSU, finishing with 20 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Those 20 points are what we’ll focus on as it set a new Michigan State program record.

Most consecutive double-digit games

Spartan star Kalin Lucas held this record for quite some time now. During his time in East Lansing, he accumulated 33 straight games scoring in double figures. But it’s time for Lucas to step aside as Tyson Walker now holds this record.

After scoring 20 points against Minnesota, Tyson now has 34 straight games finishing in double figures. It’s no secret that Walker is one of the best scorers in Michigan State history, but this accomplishment takes him to the next level.

The Spartans have had many elite scorers come through East Lansing, but none have been more consistent than Walker. This record shows how reliable he is because even his off nights aren’t that bad. Most players are happy if they hit double figures in any one game, but that’s just the norm with Walker. So for him to have 34 straight double-digit scoring games speaks to how consistent he is night in and night out.

How long can Tyson keep this up?

This question is the only thing left to ask, and I think the answer is quite simple. Walker will continue this streak until the MSU basketball season is over.

To add a little perspective, the last time Walker didn’t finish in double digits was last season on Jan. 29 against Purdue. He finished with nine points in that game, so he honestly could have had the record before this game.

But I honestly don’t see this streak ending for him any time soon. The Spartans have eight regular season games left and I think Walker will hit double figures in each game. Add in a minimum of one Big Ten Tournament game and one NCAA Tournament game and that takes his streak to 44. So 44 is the bare minimum I think this streak will get to, but the more games the Spartans play in the postseason, the higher this streak will get.

Walker is also chasing another program record this season as well. No Spartan has finished a season averaging 20-plus points per game since Shawn Respert in 1995. Walker’s now averaging 18.9 points per game this season, but there’s still plenty of time to reach 20.

Walker’s next chance to add to this streak is on Saturday as No. 10 Illinois comes to the Breslin Center. The Spartans need a marquee win for their resume, so Walker will have to be at his best to help Michigan State win this game.

Lead writer for Spartan Shadows since April 2023, writing over 450 articles. Michigan State basketball, football and recruiting expert. Class of 2019 graduate from Michigan State University specializing in Sports Management. Daily MSU runs a popular X page (@daily_msu) covering all things MSU Sports.

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