Four in Double Figures as Michigan State Defeats Iowa, 96-93
Miles Bridges led the way for MSU with 25 points and added four rebounds and four assists.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Miles Bridges had 25 points and a crucial steal with five seconds left and fourth-ranked Michigan State rallied past lowly Iowa 96-93 on Tuesday night for its seventh straight win.
Michigan State has won seven-straight games and improves to 23-3 overall and 11-2 in the Big Ten Conference, while Iowa falls to 12-14 overall and 3-10 in league play.
Paced by the interior play of freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. and sophomore forward Nick Ward, the Spartans jumped out to a 16-9 lead just over five minutes into the game. Ward scored eight points and Jackson added six.
MSU took its biggest lead of the game, 20-11, after a pair of free throws from junior guard Matt McQuaid with 13:29 to play in the half.
Iowa used a 15-6 run over 4:23 and tied the game at 26-all on a 3-pionter from Jordan Bohannan.
MSU used a 7-0 burst - a three and a jumper from Bridges followed by a Langford jumper - to take a 33-26 lead and extended it to nine points three times late in the half, the last on a Bridges 3-pointer with 1:25 to play (44-35).
The Spartans led 48-42 at the break and extended it to nine points, 55-46, on a Langford 3-pointer at the 18:36 mark, but the Hawkeyes went on a 22-9 run and took a 68-64 lead on a Bohannon three at the 12:24 mark.
Iowa extended its lead to eight points, 81-73, after a 3-pointer from Maishe Dailey and led by seven points, 83-76, on free throws from Cordell Pernsi with 6:50 to play.
A dunk and a 3-pointer from Jackson cut the lead to two points and MSU pulled within two points. The deficit was still five points, 88-83, with 4:24 left, but baskets from Langford and Bridges and a 3-pointer from Kenny Goins gave MSU a 90-89 lead.
Iowa took the lead back (91-90) on a jumper from Tyler Cook, but four free throws from Bridges and two more from Langford in the final minute helped MSU escape with the win.
Sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges scored 25 points, grabbed four rebounds and had four assists to lead four players in double figures ... Sophomore forward Nick Ward added 17 points and four rebounds, sophomore guard Joshua Langford added 15 points and two assists and freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. chipped in 11 points five rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
MSU received 17 points, 11 rebounds and four assists from the bench, with redshirt junior forward Kenny Goins contributing seven points, nine rebounds and two assists, and junior guard Matt McQuaid adding eight points.
The Spartans connected on 82.9 percent of their free throws (24-of-29).
Iowa shot 52.2 percent from the floor (36-of-69), the second time this season an opponent hit at least 50 percent against MSU.
Michigan State connected on 56.1 percent of its shots from the floor (32-of-67), the 15th time this season the team has hit at least 50 percent of its field goals.
The Spartans connected on 82.8 percent of their free throws, the 14th time this season MSU has made at least 75 percent of its shots ... The 24 makes marked the 10th time this season MSU has hit least 20 free throws.
MSU handed out 20 assists on 32 field goals ... It was the 12th time this season with at least 20 assists.
Miles Bridges scored 25 points, his 23rd game in double figures and the ninth game with at least 20 points.
Joshua Langford has scored in double figures in four-straight games (14.5 ppg) and has reached double figures 17 times this season.
Sophomore guard Cassius Winston handed out eight assists, his 16th game this season with at least seven assists.
The 96 points scored by Michigan State were the most against a Big Ten opponent since scoring 97 against Rutgers (97-66 win) on March 2, 2016.
The 93 points scored by Iowa were the most allowed by MSU against a Big Ten opponent since Minnesota scored 96 (96-90 overtime loss) on March 2, 2015.
Michigan State returns home to host No. 3/3/ Purdue on Saturday, Feb. 10. Tipoff at the Breslin Center is slated for 4 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN.