No. 2 Michigan State Beats Ferris State, 80-72
Winston leads MSU with 26 points.
Sophomore guard Cassius Winston scored 26 points to lead three players in double figures as No. 2 Michigan State pulled away from Ferris State, 80-72, in an exhibition game at the Breslin Center Thursday night.
Winston hit 8-of-13 shots from the floor, including four 3-pointers, and added five assists to lead the Spartans. Sophomore forward Miles Bridges added 19 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots, while freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 14 points, and added eight rebounds and eight blocked shots.
Tied at 60-all with 7:05 to play in the game, junior guard Matt McQuaid hit a 3-pointer to give MSU the lead for good and triggered an 18-5 run over a span of five-plus minutes. The Spartans took their biggest lead of the game, 78-65, on a layup from Bridges with 1:55 to play in the game.
The Spartans had trailed 38-35 at the half and the teams traded the lead back and forth over the opening minutes of the second half, with the Bulldogs leading 48-46 at the 14:06 mark after a 3-pointer from D'angelo Hughes. A 3-pointer from Winston with 13:27 left gave MSU a 49-48 lead and started a 12-4 run, capped by a free throw from Winston with 10:41 left to take a 58-52 lead.
Ferris State took an early 12-2 lead after a dunk from Markese Mayfield, but MSU used an 11-1 run and tied the game at 13-all on a dunk from Jackson. Trailing 15-13 after free throws from Ferris State's Drew Cushingberry, the Spartans used a 9-2 run to take a 24-17 lead on a 3-pointer from Matt McQuaid.
MSU led 28-27 after a dunk from sophomore Nick Ward, but the Bulldogs closed out the half by out-scoring the Spartans, 11-7, over the final 3:43 and took a 38-35 lead on free throws from Jaylin McFadden.
Michigan State plays Georgia in a hurricane relief exhibition game at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 29. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.