November 25th, 2017

Box Score | Post Game Notes

Winston sparks No. 4 Michigan State past UConn, 77-57
Michigan State sophomore guard Cassius Winston scored 23 of his career-high 28 points in the second half and the fourth-ranked Spartans used a big second half to pull away from UConn for a 77-57 in the semifinals of the PK80 Invitational on Friday night at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s win over UConn at the PK80 Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on Michigan State’s 77-57 win over UConn Friday night at the PK80 Invitational.

MSU routs UConn behind Cassius Winston’s ‘best game’ Detroit News
Cassius Winston was feeling it on Friday night. The Michigan State sophomore was hitting 3-pointers, driving to the hoop, making step-back jumpers and feeding his teammates. For an eight-minute stretch, he was not only the best player on the floor, he looked like one of the best players in the country.

Cassius Winston stars in Miles Bridges’ return; MSU tops UConn, 77-57 Detroit Free Press
Miles Bridges made his return for Michigan State. But it was Cassius Winston who executed an offensive takeover and had the Veterans Memorial Coliseum crowd chanting his name. The sophomore guard scored 18 points in an 8-plus-minute span, hitting 3-pointers and making off-balance driving layups and playing with extreme assuredness.

Miles Bridges scores six against UConn in return Detroit News
Miles Bridges got back on the court on Friday night and while he hardly logged his usual minutes, just getting back in the mix was good enough. The sophomore sprained his ankle Sunday in Michigan State’s win at home over Stony Brook, leaving his status for the PK80 Invitational in doubt.

Cassius Winston finds his shooting zone vs. UConn: ‘There’s nothing like that’ MLive
Even a little exhaustion couldn’t end a hot streak for the ages. Michigan State sophomore point guard Cassius Winston took over the final stretch of Michigan State’s 77-57 win over Connecticut, turning a close second-half contest into a blowout win against the previously unbeaten Huskies.

Miles Bridges ‘happy to get my feet wet’ in quiet return from ankle injury MLive
There were no thunderous dunks or high-flying blocks in Miles Bridges’ return to action for Michigan State following a one-game absence due to a sprained ankle. But the Spartans’ sophomore star was just fine with that after Michigan State’s 77-57 win over Connecticut on Friday night.

Couch: Nick Ward won’t play more minutes until he becomes Cassius Winston Lansing State Journal
Believe it or not, Tom Izzo knows what he has in Nick Ward. It’s what Izzo wants him to be that’s causing Ward to be a part-time player, which continually exasperates Michigan State’s fan base. He wants him to be Cassius Winston. Perhaps never more than late Friday night. “Cassius played the best game of his career here. And I thought he played within himself,” Izzo said.

Cassius Winston ‘in that groove’ with career-high 28 points to top UConn Detroit Free Press
Miles Bridges made his return off the bench and received a boisterous ovation. By the end of Friday night, the crowd grew even louder — but not because of Michigan State’s sophomore superstar. Chants of Cassius Winston’s name were echoing off the Veterans Memorial Coliseum rafters. It was Cassius Winston’s name trending on Twitter.

Michigan State advances to PK80 final after beating UCONN isportsweb
A day after Matt McQuaid completed a career game to lead the Spartans, Cassius Winston’s career-high 28 points lead the No. 4 Michigan State Basketball team past UCONN 77 to 57 in the Phil Knight Invitational.

Cassius Winston goes off as Michigan State beats UConn 77-57 Spartan Tailgate
Cassius Winston checked in to Friday night’s game with 9:07 to play and Michigan State up eight against a UConn team that wouldn’t go away. At the time, Winston had 12 points and three assists in what had been a solid game. Nine minutes later, though, Winston put the finishing touches on a dazzling performance with a layup that gave the sophomore point guard a career-high 28 points and capped off a 77-57 MSU win in the second round of the PK80 – Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Ore.

Plus-Minus: Michigan State vs. UConn Spartan Tailgate
MSU got a career performance out of sophomore point guard Cassius Winston with 28 points on 12-for-15 shooting, five assists and zero turnovers. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Nick Ward finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. Michigan State has the day off Saturday before returning to action Sunday in the championship game against North Carolina. Until then, here’s a look at Michigan State’s plus-minus from Friday.