Winston, Langford Lead Michigan State Past Notre Dame, 81-63
Four players score in double figures for the Spartans.
MSU 81, ND 63 |
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Sophomore guards Joshua Langford and Cassius Winston scored 17 points apiece and No. 3/3 Michigan State used a big first half en route to an 81-63 win over No. 5/5 Notre Dame in a men's basketball game at the Breslin Center Thursday night.
It was the fourth-straight win for the Spartans, who improved to 6-1 overall, while the Fighting Irish fall to 6-1.
Langford hit 7-of-13 shots for 17 points, including 12 in the first half, while Winston hit 6-of-10 shots, including 5-of-6 from 3-point land, for 17 points, to go along with seven assists and five rebounds. Sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges added 14 points, six rebounds and four assists and sophomore forward Nick Ward added 12 points and five rebounds.
Notre Dame had trimmed Michigan State's 20-point halftime lead to nine points three times in the second half, the last at 60-51, but the Spartans outscored the Fighting Irish, 19-8, over a seven-minute period and pushed the lead back to 20 points, 79-59, on a layup from Bridges with 2:49 left.
The Spartans led by 20 points (46-26) at the break, but Notre Dame hit four of its first six shots in the second half and pulled to within 10 points, 48-38, on a 3-pointer from Matt Farrell with 16:47 on the clock, forcing MSU to call a timeout.
A 3-pointer from Langford extended the MSU lead back to 11 points, 53-42, but a layup from Austin Torres and a jumper from Farrell made it 53-46 at the 13:09 mark. A layup from Ward and a jumper from Langford pushed the lead back to 11 points, 57-46, but ND would again pull to within eight points, 57-49, on a three from Rex Pflueger before MSU went on its late run.
Michigan State took a 46-26 lead at the break, connecting on more than half of its field goal attempts (51.4 percent) as Langford scored 12 points and nine players scored at least two points.
Three-pointers from Winston, freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. and Bridges gave the Spartans a 14-5 lead at the 16:34 mark and a jumper from Langford with 14:05 to play made it 20-8 and forced Notre Dame to call a timeout. MSU responded by outscoring the Fighting Irish 11-3 over the next 3:58 and took a 31-11 lead on free throws from Langford with 10:02 to play.
The lead was down to 15 points, 33-18, after a free throw from T.J. Gibbs, but a 3-pointer from Winston gave MSU its biggest lead, 46-24, with 52 seconds left before settling for a 20-point lead at intermission.
Michigan State opens Big Ten Conference play on Sunday, Dec. 3, hosting Nebraska. Tipoff at the Breslin Center is slated for 4:30 p.m. The game will air live on FOX Sports 1, with Andrew Goldsmith calling the play-by-play and Bill Raftery serving as the color analyst.