Michigan State Beats Hillsdale, 75-44
Ward and Jackson each register double-doubles
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Eleven different players scored as No. 2 Michigan State opened up a 17-point halftime lead en route to a 75-44 win over Hillsdale College at the Breslin Center in its final tune-up before the start of the 2017-18 regular season.
The Spartans previously posted wins over Ferris State (80-72) and Georgia (80-68) before the win over the Chargers. MSU opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 10, hosting North Florida at the Breslin Center.
Two Michigan State players registered double-doubles, with sophomore forward Nick Ward scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, while freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. added 12 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Cassius Winston scored 11 points and had six assists and sophomore forward Miles Bridges chipped in 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
The Spartans limited Hillsdale to just five first half field goals and 17.9 percent shooting from the field and led by as much as 23 points in the opening 20 minutes.
MSU opened up an 8-0 lead over the first four minutes on baskets from Langford, Ward, Bridges and Jackson and held Hillsdale without a field goal for the opening 5:09, with a layup from Harrison Niego making it 8-2. The Spartans led 10-4 after a layup from Hillsdale's Nick Czarnowski, but that would be the last for more than eight minutes as MSU used a 16-4 run to take a 25-8 lead on free throws from Winston with 5:53 to play in the half.
A dunk from Ward at the 4:18 mark gave MSU a 30-10 lead and a conventional three-point play from the sophomore gave the team its biggest lead of the half, 35-12, with 2:54 to play. A pair of 3-pointers from Hillsdale's Ryan Badowski in the final minute cut the lead to 37-20 at the break.
MSU opened the second half with a 9-2 run over the opening 2:31 and took a 46-22 lead on a 3-pointer from Jackson. The Michigan State lead ballooned to 30 points, 59-29, on a layup from Winston with 8:32 to play in the game.
The biggest lead of the game was 33 points, 75-42, after one of two free throws from senior forward Kenny Goins.
MSU shot 45.9 percent from the floor (28-of-61), hit 27.8 percent of its free throws (5-of-18) and 56.0 percent of its free throws (14-of-25). The Spartans held a 56-34 advantage on the glass and handed out 17 assists.
The Spartans, ranked No. 2 in the preseason polls from both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches, open the 2017-18 season on Friday, Nov. 10, hosting North Florida. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. and the game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.