Five in Double Figures, Michigan State Beats Long Beach State, 102-60
Spartans score over 100 points for second-straight contest.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Sophomores Miles Bridges and Joshua Langford scored 17 points apiece and led five players in double figures as the Michigan State men's basketball team cruised to a 102-60 win over Long Beach State on Thursday night at the Breslin Center.
Michigan State, ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 Coaches polls, improved to 12-1 overall with its 11th-straight win. It is the longest win streak for the Spartans since opening the 2015-16 season with 13-straight wins.
It is the second-straight game Michigan State has scored at least 100 points and is the first time the Spartans have scored 100 points in consecutive games since doing so in the first three games of the 2004-05 season.
Langford hit 6-of-9 shots from the floor, including 4-of-5 3-point attempts, and finished with 17 points, while Bridges added 17 points and nine rebounds and sophomore forward Nick Ward scored 16 points, had six rebounds and three blocks. Sophomore guard Cassius Winston finished with 13 points and eight assists and freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. added 13 points, six rebounds and four blocks.
This was the third time this season that all five MSU starters reached double figures in scoring.
Leading by 16 points at the break (48-32), the Spartans used a 7-2 run to open the second half and pushed the lead to 21 points, 55-34, on a Ward layup just under two minutes in. The 49ers did not get within 20 points after that point as the Spartans connected on 59.5 percent of their field goals and held Long Beach State to just 28 second half points.
A layup from freshman forward Xavier Tillman pushed the Spartans to 100 points with 1:30 left and redshirt sophomore guard Conner George provided the final margin on a layup with 30 seconds left in the game.
The Spartans jumped out to a 48-32 lead at the break, connecting on 63.0 percent of its shots from the field, including 50.0 percent (7-of-14) from 3-point land. Ward scored 12 points to lead MSU, while Langford hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 11 points.
MSU took an early 10-2 lead a 3-pointer from Jackson, but Long Beach pulled to within three points, 18-15, on free throws from Barry Ogalue. Michigan State responded with a 15-4 run to widen the gap to 33-19 on a pair of free throws from Jackson with 7:01 left in the half.
Michigan State is back in action on Friday, Dec. 29, hosting Cleveland State at the Breslin Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network, with Kevin Kugler and Jon Crispin calling all of the action.