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Michigan State to Play Georgia on Sunday in Exhibition

Oct. 28, 2017

East Lansing, Mich. -

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Michigan State’s men’s basketball team is back in action on Sunday, Oct. 29, playing Georgia in a hurricane relief exhibition game at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.

The Spartan Sports Network radio call can be heard on one of 38 affiliates, on the web at, with Will Tieman handling the play-by-play and Matt Steigenga serving as the color analyst.

The charity exhibition game will help to raise awareness and financial support for hurricane relief efforts, specifically those in Georgia and in the Bahamas, the home of Spartans senior guard Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. Ticket sales will benefit American Red Cross – International Services and American Red Cross – Georgia Region.

“This is a great opportunity for our programs to help make an impact with the relief and rebuilding efforts in areas that were affected by this summer’s hurricanes,” MSU Head Coach Tom Izzo said. “We look forward to playing back in Grand Rapids where we have a strong fan base. They’ll see us play a very good Georgia team that is very well coached and features a great player in Yante Maten, who’s returning to his home state. Combining a competitive basketball game with a worthy cause makes for an outstanding event.”

Sophomore guard Cassius Winston scored 26 points to lead three players in double figures as No. 2 Michigan State pulled away from Ferris State, 80-72, in an exhibition game at Breslin Center Thursday night.

Winston hit 8-of-13 shots from the floor, including four 3-pointers, and added five assists to lead the Spartans. Sophomore forward Miles Bridges added 19 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots, while freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 14 points, and added eight rebounds and eight blocked shots.

Michigan State is ranked No. 2 in the country in the USA Today Coaches Preseason poll. Sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges was named the B1G Preseason Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-B1G Team. He was joined on the all-conference squad by sophomore forward Nick Ward. Bridges, who is one of 20 players selected one the watch list for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award has also been named the preseason National Player of the Year by and NBC Sports and is the No. 1 candidate for Sports Illustrated. The Spartans return four of their top five scorers and eight of their top 10 from last year’s NCAA Tournament squad.

Georgia is led by senior forward Yante Maten, who was selected as the Southeastern Conference Co-Player of the Year. Maten, a native of Bloomfield, Michigan, averaged 18.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game last year. The Bulldogs received votes in the USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll after posting a 19-15 record last season and playing in the National Invitation Tournament. The Bulldogs return four starters and nine of their top-10 scorers from last season.

This is the second of three exhibitions MSU will play. MSU closes out its exhibition schedule on Friday, Nov. 3, hosting Hillsdale (7 p.m.).



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