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#8 Michigan State with big 2nd half, holds off upset-minded #14 Ohio State

GAME RECAP NOTES WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MICHIGAN STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

MICHIGAN STATE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE WITH HEAD COACH TOM IZZO

64,254 Tom Izzo Michigan State coach Overall thoughts on game with Ohio State 1 5 2019

64,256 Tom Izzo Michigan State coach Nick Ward is from Columbus he played better this year here than last year 1 5 2019

64,258 Tom Izzo Michigan State coach It was a Throwback Game with physicalness of Kaleb Wesson & Nick Ward banging each other around inside 1 5 2019

64,260 Tom Izzo Michigan State coach On the Ahrens Brothers from Versailles Ohio playing against each other and on Kenny Goins play in the game 1 5 2019

64,264 Tom Izzo Michigan State coach How did your team shoot 76 percent in the 2nd half against a solid defensive team 1 5 2019

MICHIGAN STATE INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

25 Kenny Goins 6 points, 8 rebounds

44 Nick Ward 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocked shots

0 Kyle Ahrens 9 points

5 Cassius Winston 25 points, 5 assists

20 Matt McQuaid 12 points, 6 rebounds

23 Xavier Tillman 8 points, 5 rebound, 4 assists

11 Aaron Henry 5 points

Also playing was 13 Gabe Brown and 3 Foster Loyer and they did not score

Records

Michigan State, winners of eight-straight games and 13 of its last 14 overall, improves to 13-2 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten, while Ohio State falls to 12-2 overall and 2-1 in the league.

Quick Summary

Ohio State led 50-42 and the Spartans went on a 9-0 run and took the lead at 51-50 on an Aaron Henry 3-pointer with 14:42 to play.

after an Ohio State lead, 72-71 with 4:53 to play, the Spartans took control with an 8-0 run to go up 79-72 with 1:07 left and that was the game.

Tom Izzo Michigan State head coach talks with Spartan Radio Network after OSU game 1 5 19 (megasportsnews.com photo)

Key Stats

  • Winston scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, connecting on 8-of-12 shots from the floor, and handed out five assists.
  • Ward finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, connecting on 5-of-7 shots from the floor and 11-of-14 from the free throw line.
  • McQuaid.added 12 points and six rebounds
  • Michigan State outscored Ohio State, 50-34, in the second half and connected on 76.5 percent of its shots during the final 20 minutes (13-of-17), while hitting 84-6 percent of its free throws (22-of-26) in that span.
  • The Spartans held a 37-26 advantage in rebounding.
  • MSU connected on 30-of-37 free throws, 81.1 percent.

Notes

  • This was the 11th time this season Michigan State has scored at least 80 points.
  • Michigan State connected on 54.3 percent of its field goals (25-of-46), the 10th game this season the team has connected on at least 50 percent of its field goals and the seventh-straight.
  • Winston led Michigan State in scoring for the sixth time this season.
  • He has scored at least 20 points six times this season, including three of the last four games, averaging 21.8 points per game in that span.
  • Ward scored at least 20 points for the seventh time this season and the 18th time of his career.
  • This was Ward’s 12th game in double figures and the 57th of his career.
  • McQuaid reached double figures in scoring for the sixth time this season.
  • MSU connected on a season-high 30 free throws with a season-high 37 attempts.  The team’s 81.1 free throw percentage was the second-highest (81.8 percent vs. ULM).

 

Coach Izzo told the media that his team's experience took over in the 2nd half of Saturday's win at Ohio State (megasportsnews.com photo)