January 25th, 2017

Michigan State lost their third straight game, as it fell to Purdue 84-73 Tuesday night in East Lansing.  It was the first win for Purdue at the Breslin Center since February of 2011. The story of the game coming in was how the Spartans would handle Purdue’s size.  The answer was that they couldn’t.  Former MSU commit Caleb Swanigan dominated the game for the Boilermakers finishing with 25 points and 17 rebounds.  Seven-footer Isaac Haas poured in 11 points in just 13 minutes.

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Bridges scores career-high 33 as Spartans fall short at home against Purdue State News
The last time MSU met with Purdue, the stakes were much larger. It was the 2016 Big Ten Tournament championship game and the Spartans came away victorious for head coach Tom Izzo’s fifth conference tournament title.

Miles Bridges stars, but Michigan State falls to Purdue and Caleb Swanigan MLive
In a battle of what-could-have-been versus what is, Caleb Swanigan and the Purdue Boilermakers walked out of Breslin Center with a win Tuesday. Swanigan, posting 25 points and 17 rebounds, led the 20th-ranked Boilermakers to an 84-73 win over Michigan State. The effort, his NCAA-best 17th double-double of the year, erased a rousing 33-point night by Miles Bridges.

Caleb Swanigan comes back to haunt Michigan State, leads No. 20 Purdue to 84-73 win Land of 10
Caleb Swanigan was once committed to Michigan State before changing his mind and choosing to go to Purdue. He made his first visit to what would have been his home court a memorable one.

Bridges’ record night not enough, Spartans fall to No. 20 Purdue Detroit News
Michigan State entered Tuesday night’s matchup knowing it had its hands full trying to slow Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan. While Miles Bridges had a record-setting night, it wasn’t enough as No. 20 Purdue beat Michigan State, 84-73, at the Breslin Center behind 25 points and 16 rebounds from Swanigan.

Miles Bridges stars but Caleb Swanigan, Purdue too much for MSU, 84-73 Detroit Free Press
Miles Bridges did everything he could. Three-pointers. High-flying dunks. Soaring rebounds. Emphatic blocks. It still wasn’t enough to counter Caleb Swanigan and Purdue’s decided height advantage.

Highlights, final score vs. Purdue Spartan Avenue
The first half of Tuesday evening’s Michigan State vs. Purdue matchup was about as good as it gets. Both teams were exchanging blows back and forth and they went into halftime with a 39-39 deadlocked score. Purdue seemed to come out angrier in the second half as Isaac Haas and Caleb Swanigan played dominant basketball in the post.

Spartans Too Small For Boilermakers, Lose 84-73 The Only Colors
The Izzone started off the night strong with a solid chorus of boos the second that Caleb Swanigan’s name was called for the starting lineup. Only issue? Swanigan had ice running through his veins and no mater how loud the Izzone cheered, it didn’t help the Spartan’s get any taller. Size set in eventually and the Spartans drop their 3rd straight, losing 84-73 vs Purdue.

Miles Bridges scores 33 but Spartans fall to Purdue 84-73 Spartan Tailgate
Miles Bridges poured in a career-high 33 points, but the combination of size and 3-point shooting for No. 20 Purdue was too much for Michigan State in an 84-73 loss Tuesday at Breslin Center

Bridges’ big game, MSU’s better effort not enough vs. Purdue Spartan Tailgate
As expected with a return home Tuesday night, Michigan State turned in a better effort from start to finish than in two previous road games. Unfortunately for the Spartans, even an improved performance and 33 points from Miles Bridges wasn’t enough to end their losing skid, as MSU was overmatched by the No. Boilermakers in an 84-73 loss at Breslin Center.

Spartans Fall to Purdue, 84-73 MSUSpartans.com
Michigan State’s Miles Bridges did his part with 33 points, breaking Scott Skiles’ freshman scoring record at the school. Skiles scored 32 against Ohio State on Feb. 24, 1983. ”It would’ve felt way better with a win,” Bridges said. ”But I give my teammates all the credit for that. They set good screens and made good passes.’

In loss to Purdue, lack of auxiliary options and more defensive, rebounding woes for MSU MLive
Michigan State fell to Purdue, 84-73, on Tuesday night, despite a career-high 33 points from Miles Bridges. Some immediate observations from Breslin Center

Bridges and MSU Overcome by Swanigan and Purdue Impact Sports
Michigan State (12-9 OVR, 4-4 B1G) returned to the friendly confines of Jack Breslin Student Events Center Tuesday night looking for a much needed win against Big Ten rival Purdue (17-4 OVR, 5-2 B1G) after losing two conference games in a row. But despite a rowdy Izzone and an early lead, the Spartans were defeated 84-73, as Caleb Swanigan led Purdue with an impressive 25 points and 17 rebounds, surpassing his season average of 18.5 PPG and 12.5 RPG.

Kenny Goins suffers broken nose in loss to Purdue MLive
Michigan State forward Kenny Goins had a brutal assignment on Tuesday night. At 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, the former walk-on ran into a rock (7-foot-2, 290-pound Isaac Haas) and a hard place (6-foot-9, 250-pound Caleb Swanigan) while guarding Purdue’s interior.

Couch: MSU shows high-end potential, sobering shortcomings in loss Lansing State Journal
Tuesday night was why Michigan State still has a chance to be good, to be relevant in college basketball this season. And also an example of why it might not happen. Size matters in this sport. So does experience. Purdue has both. MSU is trying to overcome the absence of each.

What he said: Tom Izzo on Miles Bridges, Michigan State’s 84-73 loss to No. 20 Purdue Land of 10
Michigan State got off to a good start Tuesday night but couldn’t handle the size and shooting of No. 20 Purdue and ultimately fell 84-73 at the Breslin Center.

Video: Matt Charboneau on MSU’s loss to Purdue Detroit News

Niyo: Bridges to nowhere, MSU freshman can’t do it all Detroit News
Tum Tum Nairn saw open floor, so he kicked it into overdrive. But he saw something else, too. Purdue’s star, Caleb Swanigan, was jogging back in transition, while Michigan State’s Miles Bridges was running full speed. And with only the Boilermakers’ Spike Albrecht — a familiar face in an unfriendly place — hustling to get back, Nairn knew what to do.

Video: Talkin’ Spartans: Analyzing MSU’s loss to Purdue
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari break down the Spartans’ home loss to Purdue Tuesday night