Bridges Lifts No. 4 Michigan State Past No. 3 Purdue, 68-65
Bridges finished with 20 points for the Spartans.
EAST LANSING, Mich. Sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges hit a 3-pointer with 2,7 seconds left and No. 4 Michigan State held on to beat No. 3 Purdue, 68-65, in a Big Ten Conference men's basketball game at the Breslin Center Saturday afternoon.
Michigan State has won eight-straight games and improves to 24-3 overall and 12-2 in the Big Ten Conference, while Purdue falls to 23-4 overall and 12-2 in league play.
Michigan State went into the break down five points, 36-31, after a 3-pointer from Miles Bridges and a layup from Cassius Winston in the final minute.
The Boilermakers led from the start and took a 25-16 lead on a 3-pointer from P.J. Thompson at the 7:44 mark.
MSU responded with an 8-0 run over 2:43 and pulled to within 25-24 on a dunk from Gavin Schilling with 4:40 play.
Purdue followed with an 11-2 burst and took a 36-26 lead on a layup from Matt Haarms with 1:16 remaining.
MSU fell behind by eight points, 46-38, early in the second half on a jumper from Isaac Haas at the 16:60 mark ... The Spartans still trailed by seven points, 50-43, after a jumper from Dakota Mathias, but MSU went on a 14-5 run over 7:06 and took a 59-55 lead after a pair of jumpers from Bridges.
Purdue tied the game back up at 59-all on a jumper from Haas with 5:23 to play, and it was back and forth over the final five minutes, with four lead changes and three ties.
The Boilermakers went ahead 65-63 on a Haas jumper with 1:05 to play, but Kenny Goins hit a put-back jumper with 48 seconds left to tie the game and after a Purdue miss, MSU called a timeout and Bridges hit his 3-pointer from the right wing, sealing the win.
Bridges scored 20 points and had three rebounds to lead two players in double figures ... Sophomore guard Cassius Winston added 10 points, 10 assists and tied for a team-high with seven rebounds ... Matt McQuaid scoring nine points, Kenny Goins adding six points, three rebounds and three assists and Gavin Schilling finished with seven points and seven rebounds.
Michigan State committed only six turnovers during the game, only one in the second half.
MSU's bench outscored Purdue, 24-7.
Michigan State had a 37-34 edge in rebounding. After hitting six 3-pointers in the first half, MSU did not allow Purdue to hit any (0-of-5) in the second half.
Michigan State's 24-3 overall record matches the 24-3 start by the 2000-01 team for the best start to a season in the Tom Izzo era.
This was the second time this season that Michigan State has hosted a team ranked among the Associated Press Top Five teams in the country ... MSU beat then-No. 5 Notre Dame, 81-63, on Dec. 3.
The game was also the Jud Heathcote Tribute Game, honoring former long-time MSU Head Coach Jud Heathcote, who passed away in August 2017 at the age of 90 ... More than 100 former players, managers and staff were on hand.
Bridges scored 20 points, his 24th game in double figures and the 10th game this season with at least 20 points.
Cassius Winston finished with 10 points and 10 assists, his fourth double-double this season and the fifth game of his career with at least 10 points and 10 assists.
Michigan State received 24 points from its bench ...It was the eighth time this season the bench scored at least 20 points.
Michigan State's six turnovers tied a season-low (Notre Dame, 12/3/17).
Michigan State handed out 21 assists, the 13th time this season the team had at least 20.
Michigan State attempted only six free throws, connecting on four of them ... It was the first time MSU making four against Purdue on Feb. 20, 2017.
Michigan State hits the road again for a game at Minnesota on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Tipoff on ESPN2 is slated for 9 p.m., with Dave Flemming calling the play-by-play, Dan Dakich serving as the color analyst and Molly McGrath on sidelines.