February 12th, 2017

Tom Izzo knew Michigan State needed to hit the boards better. His players did so, early and often Saturday night. With turnovers continuing to be an issue, the Spartans needed every extra possession they could gather against Iowa en route to a crucial 77-66 victory that helped erase some of the sting of Tuesday’s blowout loss at Michigan.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Box Score

Second-half run sparks MSU to 77-66 win over Iowa Spartan Tailgate
Tom Izzo pumped his fist and yelled in approval of his team’s play, while Fran McCaffery called a timeout and screamed at the officials. After turning the ball over what seemed like every other possession for the first 25 minutes of Saturday’s game against Iowa, Michigan State made five of six shots, including four 3-pointers, in a span of a little more than two minutes to go on a 13-4 run and open up a nine-point lead over the Hawkeyes with 12:10 remaining.

Miles Bridges gets a little help from his friends as Michigan State beats Iowa MLive
Miles Bridges kept Michigan State above water on Saturday night. Then his fellow freshmen did some rowing. Bridges scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the first half, while Nick Ward, Cassius Winston and Joshua Lanford combined for 32 second-half points, as Michigan State beat visiting Iowa at Breslin Center.

Michigan State takes down Iowa at home, 77-66, behind tough defensive effort Land of 10
A second-half run initiated by stingy perimeter defense led Michigan State (15-10, 7-5 Big Ten) to a 77-66 win over Iowa (14-12, 6-7) on Saturday at the Breslin Center. Freshman Miles Bridges led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Nick Ward added 14 points, Kenny Goins gathered 10 rebounds and Cassius Winston dished out five assists.

Spartans win pivotal matchup against Iowa, stop Jok, 77-66 State News
Taking the court for the first time since Tuesday night’s 29-point blowout loss to the University of Michigan, MSU (15-10, 7-5 Big Ten) defeated the University of Iowa Hawkeyes (14-12, 6-7 Big Ten) at home Saturday in a pivotal game in conference play by a final score of 77-66.

Strong second half carries Spartans past Hawkeyes Detroit News
In the first half Saturday night, Iowa did practically nothing right. And yet, someway, somehow, it held a lead over Michigan State. The Spartans went from frazzled in the first 20 minutes to fierce for the final 20 to beat the Hawkeyes, 77-66, before a raucous sellout crowd at Breslin Center.

Despite Turnovers, Spartans beat Hawkeyes in Pivotal Matchup Impact Sports
Michigan State (14-10 OVR, 6-5 B1G) and Jack Breslin Student Events Center played host to the Iowa Hawkeyes (14-11 OVR, 6-6 B1G) on Saturday evening, as both teams looked to get back on the winning track as the conference season winds down. But after 40 minutes of back-and-forth play, it was the Spartans who got a much needed win in their first of four home games to close out the season, beating the Hawkeyes 77-66.

Michigan State Defeats Iowa 77-66 MSUSpartans.com
Miles Bridges scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half and finished with 11 rebounds, leading Michigan State in a 77-66 win over Iowa on Saturday night. The Spartans (15-10, 7-5 Big Ten) bounced back from a lopsided loss at Michigan with their third win in four games, improving their chances of playing in a 20th straight NCAA tournament.

Spartan Stars: MSU’s top performers in win over Iowa Spartan Tailgate
Seven different players had six or more points for MSU, and nine total scored while Michigan State shot 48.3 percent from the field as a team to overcome 21 turnovers for the second game in a row. The Spartans also outrebounded Iowa 46-32, thanks to 14 offensive rebounds and holding the Hawkeyes to 32.8 percent shooting (and the fact MSU turned it over so many times).

Langford, Bridges, and Ward propel Spartans over Hawkeyes isportsweb
Life on the bubble has been nerve-wracking, frustrating, and exhausting for the Michigan State Basketball team. In a must-win game at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, the Michigan State Basketball team was able to overcome a sloppy first half and pull away from the Iowa Hawkeyes in a sharp second half by a score of 77 to 66.