Michigan State took an early lead and then had to fend off a spirited Rutgers team to claim a 3-2 victory (28-26, 25-14, 23-25, 16-25, 15-12) on the road on Wednesday night. MSU improves to 17-13, 5-12 Big Ten and Rutgers falls to 6-24, 0-17.
Winston leads second-half surge against Louisiana Monroe Spartan Tailgate
As Michigan State’s shooting percentage plummeted further and further south, it was the guy who steers the offense turning everything around. Junior point guard Cassius Winston had 14 points in the first 3:08 of the second half of Wednesday’s game against Louisiana Monroe, navigating the Spartans through a putrid early shooting performance to an 80-59 victory.
Spartans overcome Warhawks in second half Impact Sports
The No. 11 Michigan State men’s basketball team played its second of a three-game homestand Wednesday night against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. The last time MSU and ULM faced off was in 2007, MSU came away with the win, 83-65. Now the third time they met, the Spartans sealed another win in the second half, 80-59.
Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 80-59 win over Louisiana-Monroe Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on Michigan State’s 80-59 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday night at Breslin Center.
Michigan State basketball suffers setback in 80-59 win vs. Louisiana Monroe Detroit Free Press
Nick Ward went out. Cassius Winston stepped up. Michigan State’s point guard scored 14 points in the first 3-plus minutes of the second half, including three straight 3-pointers, to lift the 11th-ranked Spartans to an 80-59 victory over Louisiana Monroe on Wednesday night at Breslin Center.
Ward suffers leg injury as MSU rolls past Louisiana-Monroe Detroit News
Michigan State got a win on Wednesday night, but it appears it also got a little bit lucky. Cassius Winston scored 23 to lead the Spartans to an 80-59 victory over Louisiana-Monroe at Breslin Center, but junior big man Nick Ward suffered an injury to his right leg less than 8 minutes into the game. Ward appeared to be favoring his ankle as he hopped off the floor on his left leg straight to the locker room.
Cassius Winston saves Michigan State from slow start in win over Louisiana-Monroe MLive.com
Michigan State had lost its best big man to injury and was in an epic shooting slump, hanging on to a slim lead at home against a low-major opponent. Enter Cassius Winston. The Spartans junior point guard went on an early second-half scoring burst to lead No. 11 Michigan State out of the doldrums and to an 80-59 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday night at the Breslin Center.
Nick Ward suffers ankle sprain in win over Louisiana Monroe MLive.com
Nick Ward suffered a low-ankle sprain in Michigan State’s win over Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday night, and while Michigan State said the injury is not serious it’s unknown if the starting big man will miss any game time. Spartans coach Tom Izzo said Ward was still “limping around” with a swollen ankle after the game and that he’ll know more on Thursday, but emphasized multiple times that the injury isn’t expected to be long-term.
No. 22-ranked Michigan State returns to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four seasons, hosting UIC on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium. This is the third-straight season that MSU has hosted an NCAA game.
Michigan State has already faced the top three scoring offenses in the Big Ten. The Spartans are 1-2 in those matchups with a win against Penn State and losses to Ohio State and Michigan. The common theme in all three games was Michigan State’s defense holding the opposition below their usual production.
Even with a rash of injuries, the Spartans only have used three true freshmen for more than four games — the threshold for keeping a redshirt. Safety Xavier Henderson has appeared in all 10 games while running back La’Darius Jefferson has played in nine, missing only the opener against Utah State. Wide receiver Jalen Nailor has battled injuries and has seen action in six games.
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Michigan State assistant coaches Mike Tressel and Terrence Samuel spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon, to review the Spartans’ 26-6 loss to No. 8 Ohio State and preview this week’s game, when Michigan State heads to Nebraska to face the Cornhuskers on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT in Memorial Stadium.
The Spartans begin their 24-game Big Ten schedule this weekend by hosting No. 8/8 Notre Dame on Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (7:30 p.m.) at Munn Ice Arena. • MSU went 1-3 against the Irish last season, defeating then No. 5/3 Notre Dame in the last game of the regular season (4-3) on the road.
Justin Layne and Kenny Willekes each have a season of college eligibility left. However, the Michigan State juniors were listed by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. among the top prospects at their positions for the 2019 NFL draft. Layne was listed as the No. 10 cornerback and Willekes the No. 10 defensive end available for April’s draft in his first list this fall of the top-10 prospects at each position. Neither has indicated they intend to leave Michigan State after this season.
Michigan State softball coach Jacquie Joseph has announced that five incoming freshmen in the fall of 2019 have committed to play softball for the Spartans. A pair of outfielders in Erica Holt, (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Brooke Snyder (Westlake Village, Calif) shortstop Jenae Wash (St. John’s, Fla.), pitcher Sarah Ladd (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and catcher Kennedy Wyllie (Peoria, Arizona) will all begin wearing Green and White in the 2020 Michigan State Softball Season.
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Michigan State University student-athletes have achieved some of the highest academic success in the history of the school, according to the NCAA, which released the latest NCAA Division I graduation rate data on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Tom Izzo and the Michigan State coaching staff have officially added two players to the Spartans’ basketball class of 2019. Mark Rocket Watts Jr., a senior four-star combo guard from Geneva (Ohio) Spire Academy, and Malik Hall, a senior four-star power forward from Wichita (Kan.) Sunrise Christian, both signed their letters of intent to Michigan State on Wednesday.
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Head coach Cathy George has announced that three student-athletes have committed to continuing their education and volleyball career at MSU.
Michigan State women’s soccer head coach Tom Saxton announced Wednesday (Nov. 14) that four student-athletes have committed to play soccer for the Spartans next season.
Michigan State basketball is putting the full-court press on Vernon Carey Jr., ranked as high as No. 1 overall in the country for the 2019 class.
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Michigan State’s 2019 recruiting class could end up being one of the highest-rated classes in Tom Izzo’s tenure and could include the highest-rated recruit the program has ever signed.But Spartans fans will have to wait longer than usual to find out if that will be the case. And so will its head coach, which he admits will be a struggle. “Patience is a great virtue that I don’t have,” Izzo said.
Michigan State football players walked out of the indoor practice field back to the locker room Tuesday evening, leaving behind two quarterbacks to talk about the position.Of course, neither Matt Sokol nor Cody White have played the position since high school.
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The Warhawks are coming off a competitive 65-55 loss at Texas on Monday night. They played that game without their leading scorer, sharpshooting guard Daishon Smith, a Wichita State transfer, who was out with a hamstring injury. His status for Tuesday night is unclear.
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Michigan State’s defense has played at a high level nearly the entire season, but the team has massively underachieved expectations on the other side of the ball. “That’s an easy question to ask,” coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday of the offensive struggles, “probably a very difficult question to answer.”
Michigan State’s men’s basketball team plays the second of a three-game homestand on Wednesday, Nov .14, hosting the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) at the Breslin Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Being able to do a little bit of everything is the sort of role Tillman relishes, one he hopes to expand when Michigan State hosts Louisiana Monroe.
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