In its second game without star freshman forward Miles Bridges, Michigan State looked like a team learning to play without him. The Spartans beat Youngstown State, 77-57, on Tuesday night, pulling away midway through the second half for a comfortable win. Four players scored in double figures, as a young Spartans team utilized its variety of secondary offensive threats in the absence of its primary one.
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After leading Youngstown State University (5-5 overall) men's basketball team 37-30 at the Breslin Center at halftime, MSU (6-4 overall) defended its lead to earn another victory. A collective effort, the Spartans defeated the Penguins out in blowout fashion, 77-57.
Michigan State breezes past Youngstown State, 77-57 Detroit News
Michigan State continues to adjust to life without Miles Bridges and despite some uneven moments on Tuesday against Youngstown State, the balance the Spartans are seeking continued to emerge. Freshman Joshua Langford scored a career-high 15 points to lead four players in double figures as Michigan State cruised to a 77-57 victory over Youngstown State at the Breslin Center. Senior Eron Harris and freshman Nick Ward each scored 13 points while sophomore Matt McQuaid added 11.
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Following a close call against Oral Roberts on Saturday, Michigan State basketball bounced back with a confidence-building blowout Tuesday night at Breslin. MSU got 15 points from Joshua Langford, who led four scorers in double figures, as the Spartans pulled away from Youngstown State in the second half for a 75-57 win. Nick Ward added 13 points, as did Eron Harris. He and McQuaid, who scored 11, both shot the ball well in the second half after struggling through the first half and getting benched to start the final 20 minutes.
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Coming off a close 80-76 win over Oral Roberts, Michigan State (5-4) looked to add another win at home to their resume over Youngstown State (5-4) of the Horizon League. The Spartans would have to do so without star freshman and leading scorer Miles Bridges, as he remains sidelined due to an ankle injury. They did, beating the Penguins 77-57.
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Michigan State won comfortably Tuesday night against Youngstown State. That in and of itself may not sound like much, but given the team’s youth and health issues it’s a big step in the right direction.
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Josh Langford was challenged by Tom Izzo to play better at both ends of the court, and the freshman responded well enough to satisfy his hard-to-please coach. Langford had a season-high 15 points and improved his play defensively, helping Michigan State bounce back with a 77-57 win over Youngstown State on Tuesday night.
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“We took another step today but we still have a long way to go.” MSU head coach Tom Izzo stated after the Michigan State Basketball team (6-4) won their second straight game with a 77-57 victory over the Youngstown State Penguins (5-5).
'Shazam': Ex-walk-on Matt Van Dyk grabs nine rebounds for Spartans Detroit Free Press
The ball caromed off the rim, and Matt Van Dyk snagged it and saved it to one of his Michigan State teammates. The Spartans’ fast break went one way, Van Dyk tumbled into a cheerleader while falling out of bounds in the opposite direction. The former walk-on’s senior season keeps getting better.
Couch: Cassius Winston takes over - and that's no small deal For the first time in his brief Michigan State career, Cassius Winston owned the basketball court Tuesday night. It was his run, the game at his finger tips. He could do seemingly anything he wanted to offensively. “I wouldn’t say I could do ANYTHING, but it’s one of those days where if a man gets open, I’m going to find him,” MSU’s freshman point guard said after a 77-57 win over Youngstown State.
Tom Izzo was not a happy fellow after his team's 80-76 scare against now-1-7 Oral Roberts Saturday afternoon at the Breslin Center. He was highly disappointed in the Spartans' effort level. Look for that to be a point of emphasis as MSU (5-4) takes on Youngstown State (5-4) tonight in the second of five straight games at the Breslin for the Spartans.
Michigan State took a step backward Saturday afternoon, as far as head coach Tom Izzo is concerned. The Spartans, saved only by the fact freshmen Cassius Winston and Nick Ward stepped up in a big way, didn't compete as hard as he would have liked in an 80-76 win over Oral Roberts. It wasn't surprising MSU struggled, considering it was the first game without star Miles Bridges, but Izzo was disappointed in the way his team played.
Nick Ward has a different way of moving. He bounces and hops, springing all over the court, wild-eyed, like a 6-foot-8 downed power line pumping out currents. This is, in part, what has so endeared Ward to Michigan State fans and coaches. With broad shoulders and a wide base, the freshman is a flurry of activity, never blending into the action, always producing. The numbers match the activity.
The Spartans’ four-point win over Oral Roberts Saturday showed that every time out might be a grind while Miles Bridges is sidelined with a sprained ankle. Bridges will be out again Tuesday as MSU faces a better foe in Youngstown State.
Michigan State is back at home as the Spartans host Youngstown State for the second time in school history. It’s the second game of five straight home games to close out the non-conference season, as Michigan State played six of its first eight contests away from East Lansing.
Game one without Miles Bridges has come and gone. Coach Tom Izzo survived being without his “blue-collar superstar” as Michigan State hung on to beat Oral Roberts on Saturday. Bridges remains out for the foreseeable future. And Izzo and his Spartans know that they have some glaring issues to suture at both ends of the court while their talented rookie sits on the bench.
Michigan State freshman forward Nick Ward has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday. Ward averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in 20.0 minutes last week in matchups at Duke (11/29) and vs. Oral Roberts (12/3).
It’s been less than a week since Miles Bridges has been wearing a walking boot on his left foot and the timetable for his return has not changed even after Michigan State’s struggles in a tight win over Oral Roberts on Saturday. Tom Izzo is sticking to the original belief the freshman star would be out 2-3 weeks and he’s not about to change that as Michigan State gets set to host Youngstown State on Tuesday.
Miles Bridges sat in a walking boot as his team stumbled through a nearly disastrous home date with Oral Roberts on Saturday. The Spartans' leading scorer and rebounder missed his first game of the season with a sprained ankle. Other than a 5-4 record, the Michigan State forward's left ankle is the biggest issue facing the Spartans.
Following MSU’s 78-69 loss on Nov. 29 against then-No. 5 Duke, head coach Tom Izzo was adamant about the performance of his freshmen players. “Yeah they’re all freshmen,” Izzo said in the postgame press conference following the loss to the Blue Devils. “But eight games in now is a lot of minutes. It’s time to quit making excuses for the freshmen. They have to start playing.”
Nick Ward’s stat line Saturday against Oral Roberts said the freshman forward was really good. Tom Izzo said that’s half correct. Ward produced the first double-double of his career with 24 points and 10 rebounds as Michigan State (5-4) survived against Oral Roberts, 80-76. It was the first game for the Spartans without Miles Bridges, who will miss at least two weeks with an ankle injury. They are looking for others to step up in Bridges’ absence, and that’s what it seemed like Ward did.
It’s football season, and that always makes coach Tom Izzo happy. What Izzo would prefer is if his team started to show more of the fight often seen on the gridiron. He didn’t see that in Saturday’s 80-76 victory over Oral Roberts and his plan is to push the Spartans into playing harder, putting the tough travel and competition of the previous month in the rearview mirror.
All of the numbers pointed to Nick Ward providing a breakout performance. The 24 points and 10 rebounds, both career highs. The 26 minutes, also the most for the freshman this season. Saturday’s 80-76 win over Oral Roberts was a game that put the freshman forward’s best offensive traits on display.