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Bridges has 33, No. 2 MSU Swats Away Houston Baptist

Dec. 18, 2017

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EAST LANSING, Mich. Michigan State hit nearly 65 percent of its field goals and sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges tied his career-high with 33 points as the Spartans cruised to a 107-62 win over Houston Baptist at the Breslin Center on Monday night.

Michigan State, ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 Coaches polls, improved to 11-1 overall with its 10th-straight win. It is the longest win streak for the Spartans since opening the 2015-16 season with 13-straight wins.

Bridges scored 20 of his points in the opening half as Michigan State took a 54-33 lead at the break. He hit 11-of-14 shots from the floor, including 4-of-7 from 3-point land, and all seven of his free throws, while adding six rebounds and five assists.

Michigan State put four players in double figures and had 10 players score at least one point. Sophomore forward Nick Ward added 20 points, six rebounds and four blocks, while sophomore guard Joshua Langford chipped in 14 points and three assists and sophomore guard Cassius Winston finished with 10 points and a career-high 12 assists.

Freshman forward Jaren Jackson fouled out with four points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots. His six blocks were part of an MSU school record 16 rejections on the night.

The Spartans finished the game shooting 64.3 percent from the floor (36-of-56), hit 50 percent of their 3-pointers (10-of-20) and were 25-of-33 from the free throw line (75.8%).

The Spartans led by 21 points, 54-33, at the break and took their biggest lead, 46 points, on a dunk from freshman forward Xavier Tillman with 24 seconds left that pushed the lead to 107-61.

The Spartans took a 54-33 lead at the break, with Bridges nearly topping his season high for points (21) in the opening half by scoring 20 and leading three players in double figures. MSU hit 70.0 percent of its field goals (21-of-30) and connected on six 3-pointers.

The Huskies kept it close in the opening minutes, trailing by only eight points nearing the midpoint of the first half. Three free throws from Jalon Gates pulled the Huskies to within 23-15, and they were down by nine points, 30-21, on a 3-pointer from Gates with 7:55 to play in the half. MSU used a 20-8 run over a span of 5:03 and took a 50-29 lead on a jumper from Bridges with 2:40 to play.

Michigan State plays its final game before a break for the Christmas holiday on Thursday, Dec. 21, hosting Long Beach State. Tipoff at the Breslin Center is slated for 7 p.m.



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