Langford's Career Night Leads Michigan State Past Stony Brook, 93-71
Four Players in Double Figures for the Spartans
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State's men's basketball team broke open a close game with a pair of second half runs en route to a 93-71 win over Stony Brook at the Breslin Center on Sunday afternoon.
Michigan State, ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, improves to 2-1 this season, while Stony Brook falls to 0-4.
Sophomore forward Nick Ward registered his first double-double of the year with a season-high 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Spartans, while sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. Sophomore guard Joshua Langford added a career-high 19 points, three rebounds and a career-high five assists and sophomore guard Cassius Winston chipped in 13 points and six assists.
After trailing for most of the first half and using a late run to take a six-point edge at the break (44-38), Michigan State opened the second half with baskets from Langford and Bridges to extend its lead to 48-38 and force Stony Brook to call a timeout.
The Seawolves would pull to within six points, 50-44, on a 3-pointer from Jordan McKenzie with 16:57 on the clock, but the Spartans responded with seven-straight points and took a 57-44 lead on Bridges free throws with 14:38 to play. Stony Brook again drew close, pulling to within nine points, 62-53, on a layup from Jakub Petras, but MSU used a 9-0 run and took a 71-53 lead on a 3-pointer from Bridges with 10:06 left in the game.
A layup from freshman forward Xavier Tillman, who had nine points, five rebounds and three blocks in 13 minutes, pushed the lead to 79-58 with 6:28 on the clock and MSU's largest lead was 24 points, 89-65, on a Langford jumper with 2:05 to play.
The first half was tightly contested, as Stony Brook came out strong, hitting five of their first six attempts from 3-point land. The Seawolves broke a 10-all tie with a 15-7 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Akwasi Yeboah, giving SBU its biggest lead, 25-17, with 9:47 to play in the half.
MSU responded by outscoring Stony Brook, 13-5, over the next 3:29 to tie the game at 30-all on a layup from redshirt junior Gavin Schilling with 6:09 left. Free throws from Bridges with 4:46 extended the run to 15-5 and gave MSU a 32-30 lead, its first since a layup from Ward gave the home team a 2-0 lead.
A layup from UC Iroegbu and a free throw from Yeboah gave Stony Brook a 33-32 lead, but a 7-1 burst from the Spartans, capped by a pair of 3-pointers from Winston, gave MSU a 40-34 lead. A jumper from Ward with three seconds left gave the Spartans a 44-38 lead at the break.
The Spartans shot a season-high 57.9 percent from the floor (33-of-57), hit 33.3 percent of their 3-pointers (5-of-15) and were 81.5 percent from the free throw lines ()22-of-27). MSU held a 41-25 advantage on the boards, handed out 20 assists and committed 14 turnovers.
Michigan State travels to Oregon next week to play in the PK80, meeting up first with DePaul on Thursday, Nov. 23. The game will air live on ESPN (11:30 p.m. ET), with Kevin Brown calling the play-by-play and Sean Farnham as the color analyst.