No. 2 Michigan State Wins 13th Straight, Beats Wisconsin 63-60
Miles Bridges tallied 20 points for the Spartans while Cassius Winston had 17.
NEW YORK Junior guard Matt McQuaid hit a 3-pointer with 1:29 left to give Michigan State's men's basketball team a five-point lead and the Spartans held on for a 63-60 win over No. 9 seed Wisconsin in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
It was the 13th win in a row for Michigan State, who improves to 29-3 overall, while Wisconsin is now 15-18.
Michigan State led by four points, 32-28, at halftime and led by six points, 38-32 after a jumper from Miles Bridges, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Aleem Ford tied the game at 38-all.
Ford's 3-pointers were part of a 10-0 run as Wisconsin took a 42-38 lead on a tip-in from Khalil Iverson with 14:21 to play in the game.
The Spartans scored seven-straight points, a jumper from Joshua Langford followed by a 3-pointer and a jumper from Bridges to take a 45-42 lead, but Wisconsin tied the game at 51-all on a layup from Ethan Happ with 8:46 left.
A 7-0 run from MSU, capped by a layup from McQuaid with five minutes left, gave the Spartans a 58-51 lead, but Wisconsin pulled to with 58-56 after a Happ three-point play.
Freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. hit a layup to make it 60-58 and McQuaid hit a 3-pointer from the wing with 1:29 left to make it 63-58.
Wisconsin pulled to within 63-60 and had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but the Spartans defense did not allow a clear attempt and Brad Davison's 3-pointer was off the mark.
The first half was close throughout and Wisconsin led 28-24 after a 3-pointer from Brevin Pritzil, but the Spartans used an 8-0 run over the final 3:19 and took a 32-28 lead at the break on a 3-pointer from Cassius Winston.
Miles Bridges scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Michigan State, while sophomore guard Cassius Winston added 17 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Michigan State held a 41-27 advantage in rebounding and collected 16 offensive rebounds.
The Spartans connected on 10-of-11 free throws (90.9 percent).
MSU had key contributions from the bench, with Matt McQuaid scoring five points and grabbing three rebounds and freshman Xavier Tillman adding two points, three rebounds and three blocked shots.
Michigan State advances to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals for the 14th time in program history ... It is the sixth semifinal appearance in the last seven years.
Bridges is now two points away from 1,000 for his career and would be the 49th player in program history to reach 1,000 points for his career.
Bridges would be the fifth player in MSU history to reach 1,000 points in two years.
Bridges scored in double figures for the 27th time this season and scored at least 20 points for the 11th time this season.
Cassius Winston scored in double figures for the 26th time this season.
Michigan State now has a 5-4 all-time Big Ten Tournament record against Wisconsin.
Michigan State plays in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals against No. 5 seed Michigan on Saturday, March 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game tips off on CBS at 2 p.m.