Michigan State Hosts Hillsdale on Friday in Exhibition
Game is the last of three exhibitions before regular season play starts
East Lansing, Mich. -
Michigan State University's men's basketball team will play its final exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 3, hosting Hillsdale College at the Breslin Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
The game will be streamed live on BTNPlus, with Keaton Gillogly calling the play-by-play and Kevin Pauga serving as the color analyst. The Spartan Sports Network radio call can be heard on one of 38 affiliates and on the web at SpartanSportsNetwork.com, with Will Tieman handling the play-by-play and Matt Steigenga serving as the color analyst.
The Spartans beat Ferris State, 80-72, on Oct. 26 at home in the team's first exhibition game, and then beat Georgia, 80-68, last Sunday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. The game against Georgia was a hurricane relief exhibition game, with more than $339,000 going toward the American Red Cross and American Red Cross -- International to benefit victims of hurricanes in Georgia and the Bahamas. In the win over Georgia on Sunday, sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges scored 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had three assists to lead three players in double figures. The Spartans used an 11-0 run to close the first half, with Bridges scoring nine points, to take a 40-31 lead at the break and were up by as many as 18 points in the second half. Sophomore forward Nick Ward added 13 points and three rebounds, while sophomore guard Joshua Langford chipped in 11 points and sophomore guard Cassius Winston tallied nine points and handed out 10 assists.
Through two games in the exhibition slate, Bridges is averaging 20.0 points and 8.0 rebounds, while Winston is second on the team with 17.5 points and leads the team with 7.5 assists. Ward is averaging 11.0 points and 4.5 rebounds and freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. averages 9.0 points and 6.0 rebounds.
The Spartans, ranked No. 2 in the country in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches preseason polls, return four of their top five scorers and eight of their top 10 from last year's NCAA Tournament squad.
Bridges was named the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year and has also been named the preseason National Player of the Year by ESPN.com and NBC Sports and is the No. 1 candidate for Sports Illustrated.
Hillsdale returns a veteran lineup and lost only two players after the Chargers went 15-12 last season and lost in the quarterfinals of the Great Lakes Athletic Conference. Hillsdale moved to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference this season and was picked to finish in third place in the league. The Chargers return starters Stedman Lowry, Ryan Badowski and Nate Neveau. Lowry is entering his fourth year as a starting guard and led the team with 14.8 points and 81 3-pointers last season. Neveau averaged 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists, while Badowski contributed 12.7 points and 4.6 rebounds.
The last time the teams played was in November 2011, an 80-58 Michigan State win in the final exhibition before the start of the regular season.