McQuaid Scores 20, Michigan State Beats DePaul, 73-51
Portland, Ore. - Michigan State junior Matt McQuaid hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 20 points as the Spartans used a big second half run to pull away from DePaul en route to a 73-51 win at the Moda Center Thursday night in the first round of the PK80 Invitational.
The Spartans improved to 3-1 overall with the win, while the Blue Demons fall to 1-3.
MSU will play UConn in the semifinals of the PK80 Invitational on Friday, Nov. 24 at midnight (ET), airing live on ESPN. The Spartan Sports Network radio call can be heard on one of 38 affiliates and on the web at SpartanSportsNetwork.com, with Will Tieman handling the play-by-play and Kevin Pauga serving as the color analyst.
McQuaid hit 6-of-8 shots from the floor for his career-high 20 points, leading four players in double figures. Freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. had his second-career double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, while sophomore guard Cassius Winston had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and sophomore guard Joshua Langford added 10 points.
The teams went into the half tied at 31-all and were tied at 37-all after a jumper from DePaul's Marin Maric, but the Spartans used a 14-0 run to take a 51-37 lead on a McQuaid 3-pointer, his sixth of the night. The Spartans held DePaul without a field goal for more than 10 minutes and expanded the lead to 20 points, 65-45, on an alley-oop dunk from sophomore forward Nick Ward, courtesy a great deliver from Tum Tum Nairn.
The teams went into the half tied at 31-all after a 3-pointer from DePaul's Eli Cain at the buzzer. The Spartans had fallen behind 26-20 but used a 9-0 run to take a 29-26 lead and were up 31-28 after a tip-in from freshman forward Xavier Tillman.
Michigan State had taken the early lead, using the long ball, with a pair of 3-pointers from McQuaid -- who scored 11 first half points -- and one apiece from Joshua Langford and Cassius Winston to take a 13-8 advantage. The lead grew to 15-8 after a layup from Ben Carter, but DePaul narrowed the gap to 17-15 after a 3-pointer from McCallum.
A layup from Jackson pushed the lead to 20-15, but the Blue Demons tied the game at 20-all on a tip-in from Strus and then used six-straight free throws to take a 26-20 lead. The Spartans responded with nine-straight points, taking a 29-26 lead on a McQuaid free throw.
The PK80 -- the Phil Knight Invitational -- is a two-tournament men's college basketball event held in Portland, Ore., honoring Nike Co-Founder Phil Knight for his 80th Birthday and in recognition of his significant contributions to collegiate basketball.