Michigan State 77 - UCONN 57
Cassius Winston scored a career-high 28 points, hitting 12-of-15 shots from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, establishing career best in field goals made and attempted and 3-point field goals made and attempted.
Winston scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half, and scored 18 of MSU's final 26 points over the last 8:23. He also assisted on two other baskets, having a direct hand in 22 of MSU's final 26 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. recorded his second-straight double-double and his third of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
After missing the DePaul game with a sprained ankle he suffered in the Stony Brook game, Miles Bridges returned to action, tallying six points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes.
After shooting 32.4 percent from the field in the first half, the Spartans shot 69.0 percent (20-29) in the second half, marking a season-high field-goal percentage for a half.
Michigan State committed a season-low eight turnovers, and outscored UConn 12-4 in points off turnovers.
Michigan State dominated in the paint, outscoring the Huskies 40-14. UConn entered the contest having held a paint scoring advantage in each of its first four games.
Michigan State advances to the championship game of a preseason tournament for the fourth time in the last five years. The Spartans won the 2013 Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic in Brooklyn and the 2015 Wooden Legacy in California, while finishing second in the 2014 Orlando Classic.
MSU's win snapped a streak of three straight losses to the Huskies. Prior to this game, the Spartans last win over UConn came in the 2009 Final Four. UConn now leads the all-time series 4-3.