December 16th, 2017


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Michigan State survives scare from Oakland to win ninth straight
Facing a hot-shooting mid-major team away from home after a week off for final exams looked like a recipe for a Michigan State upset for 35 minutes on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena. But in its first close game in weeks, Michigan State was able to muster an impressive closing stretch led by Cassius Winston to escape against one of the more dangerous non-opponents on its schedule.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 86-73 win over Oakland Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ 86-73 win Saturday over the Golden Grizzlies at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

MSU gets riled, puts away pesky Oakland Detroit News
With 12 minutes to play on Saturday afternoon, Michigan State was in a battle with Oakland at Little Caesars Arena, the mid-major school leading the No. 2 team in the nation by a point. The Spartans and Golden Grizzlies have had these games before, most notably two seasons ago at The Palace when Oakland pushed top-ranked Michigan State to the limit before the Spartans prevailed in overtime.

No. 2 MSU staves off upset against Oakland in front of record crowd in Detroit State News
Two late threes from Cassius Winston led No. 2 MSU to its ninth-consecutive win on Saturday, as MSU staved off a near upset to Horizon league opponent Oakland University, 86-73, at Little Caesars Arena.

Michigan State survives scare from Kendrick Nunn, Oakland, 86-73
Detroit Free Press
Oakland brought the fight. Miles Bridges came up swinging but was held back. A hard foul by Chris Palombizio on the Michigan State star preventing a breakaway dunk nearly turned things testy in the second game of the Hitachi College Basketball Showcase. Bridges hit a 3-pointer to swing momentum with about 6 minutes left, and Cassius Winston scored the Spartans’ final 14 points as No. 2 MSU held off the Golden Grizzlies, 86-73, on Saturday in front of the largest crowd in the brief history of Little Caesers Arena (20,695).

MSU tops Oakland Fighting Kendrick Nunns in close game The Only Colors
No matter how good you are, these kind of close, scary games will come. The opponents have a player that physically can’t miss. Your top players have some off games. Luckily, MSU still skated out of Little Caesars Arena with a win.

Winston helps No. 2 Spartans pull away from Oakland at Little Caesars Arena Impact Sports
In neutral-site action in the state’s largest city, Game Two of the Hitachi Basketball Showcase between Michigan State and Oakland came down to the wire. And as he has so often has this season, Cassius Winston took over late in a tight game to ignite a Spartan victory.

No. 2 Michigan State wears down pesky Oakland squad for ninth straight win Land of 10
Another test, another success. No. 2 Michigan State (10-1, 2-0 Big Ten) got a fight from Oakland (6-5) at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Saturday, but the Spartans won 86-73. They have won nine games in a row.

Michigan State holds off Oakland 86-73 isportsweb
The last three match-ups before today between Oakland and Michigan State had been decided by a total of 11 points and today that margin only increased to 24 points. Little Caesars Arena today was absolutely electric and continually got louder for the multiple and-one three-pointers made by Oakland in the second half. The final score does not do the justice for how well of a game Oakland played.

Michigan State basketball grinds it out vs. Oakland, 86-73, after foul Detroit Free Press
Oakland’s Chris Palombizio delivered a hard foul, and Miles Bridges came up ready to swing but was held back. Normally mild-mannered Cassius Winston and Joshua Langford started jawing in the ear of Oakland’s Martez Walker moments later. Michigan State showed some uncharacteristic venom, along with some chronic concerns, that left coach Tom Izzo equally pleased and dissatisfied. The second-ranked Spartans knew they were in a fight with the Golden Grizzlies.

Five in Double Figures as Michigan State Beats Oakland, 86-73
Sophomore guard Cassius Winston scored all of his 19 points in the second half and No. 2/2 Michigan State used a 12-2 run late in the game to pull away from Oakland for an 86-73 win at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday afternoon. It was the ninth-straight win for the Spartans, who improve to 10-1 overall, while Oakland falls to 6-5 overall.

Hard foul on Miles Bridges sparks Michigan State in chippy win over Oakland
With his Michigan State team leading Oakland by just five, Tom Izzo told his players in the halftime locker room that they need to start being more aggressive and take it to their opponent. Lucky for him, one of Oakland’s players helped wake Michigan State up. With 12 minutes left, Oakland’s Chris Palombizio grabbed Miles Bridges’ arm as the Spartans sophomore drove for a layup.

Turk: Quick takeaways from MSU basketball’s win over Oakland in Detroit Impact Sports
Kyle Turk breaks down Michigan State’s 86-73 win over Oakland at the Hitatchi College Basketball Showcase at Little Caesars Arena.

Winston closes the show in style in homecoming Detroit News
Cassius Winston was back home on Saturday, playing in front of more family and friends than he could count. The former UD-Jesuit star was with No. 2 Michigan State as it took on Oakland at Little Caesars Arena, and he was hoping to have a big game. However, through the first 20 minutes, the sophomore guard had little impact outside of the four first-half turnovers, a couple of which sparked a late first-half rally for the Golden Grizzlies. Apparently, Winston was saving his best for when it mattered most.