February 10th, 2018

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Bridges 3-pointer gives MSU thrilling 68-65 win over Purdue Spartan Tailgate
Miles Bridges drilled a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds to play to lift No. 4 Michigan State to a 68-65 win over No. 4 Purdue on Saturday at Breslin Center. With the game tied at 65 after a Kenny Goins jumper, MSU got a stop and the ball back with 20 seconds to play. Bridges took the ball on the left wing, dribbled over to the right and then pulled up for the contested 3-pointer that would be the game-winner.

Late Miles Bridges 3 sends Michigan State to win over Purdue MLive.com
Miles Bridges finally has his signature moment. The Spartans star sophomore hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left to send Michigan State to a 68-65 win over Purdue on Saturday afternoon at the Breslin Center. The shot sent the arena into a frenzy, as the No. 4 Spartans won their most anticipated conference game over the No. 3 Boilermakers in thrilling fashion.

Miles Bridges’ 3-pointer clinches MSU win vs. No. 3 Purdue, 68-65 Detroit Free Press
It was a moment for Miles Bridges to shine. He caught the ball at the top of the key, dribbled to his right and lofted a 3-pointer right in front of the Michigan State bench. Breslin Center went quiet for a brief second. And then … Splash. Roar.

Men’s basketball beats No. 3 Purdue thanks to Bridges’ game-winning shot The State News
Saturday seemed like a game the Spartans were destined to win. Between a memorial for former MSU basketball coach Jud Heathcote —who led the Spartans to the 1979 National Championship as part of a 19-year career in East Lansing, but died last August — and a recruiting visit from standout recruit Vernon Carey Jr., a sold-out crowd at the Breslin Center erupted on a game-winning 3-pointer from forward Miles Bridges.

Bridges sinks game-winning three, propels MSU to top-5 win Impact Sports
No. 4 Michigan State (23-3, 11-2) beat No. 3 Purdue (23-3, 12-1) 68-65 thanks to a final second shot from Miles Bridges. This top five matchup with huge BIG implications. Michigan State is now tied in second in the Big Ten standings with Purdue, with Ohio State alone in first.

Top-five launch: Bridges’ 3 sinks Purdue in MSU win Detroit News
Miles Bridges has been a star since he set foot on Michigan State’s campus. On Saturday afternoon in the biggest game thus far all season, the Spartans’ sophomore proved why, hitting a deep 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds on the clock to give No. 4 Michigan State a 68-65 victory over No. 4 Purdue at the Breslin Center.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 68-65 win over Purdue Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ 68-65 win over Purdue Saturday at Breslin Center.

Miles Bridges shoots Michigan State past Purdue in crucial Big Ten game Land of 10
No. 4 Michigan State (24-3 overall, 12-2 Big Ten) inched past No. 3 Purdue (23-4, 12-2) 68-65 at home on Saturday behind a long 3-pointer from Miles Bridges with 2.7 seconds left. The win moved Michigan State into second place in the Big Ten race behind Ohio State. Bridges got it done with 20 points on 9 of 14 shooting. Cassius Winston controlled the offensive with 10 points and 10 assists.

Bridges Lifts No. 4 Michigan State Past No. 3 Purdue, 68-65 MSU Official
Miles Bridges made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left and finished with 20 points, helping No. 4 Michigan State top No. 3 Purdue 68-65 on Saturday. The Spartans (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) have won eight straight, improving their chances of contending for a conference championship and earning a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament.

Takeaways from Michigan State Basketball’s win over Purdue isportsweb
In a battle of top five teams, Michigan State was able to pull out a victory, thanks to a game winning three pointer from Miles Bridges. The Boilermakers gave the Spartans all they could handle, but MSU played smart and made some big shots down the stretch. MSU is now in second place in the Big Ten and needs to win out and an Ohio State loss to move into a three way tie for first.

Miles Bridges nets defining moment at Michigan State … so far Land of 10
Out of a timeout in a 65-all game with 20 seconds remaining, there was no doubt who would get the ball for No. 4 Michigan State. Twice in the game on Saturday against No. 3 Purdue, Miles Bridges had said in the huddle that he wanted the ball. Both times, the Spartans gladly gave it to their star sophomore. With the game on the line, he didn’t need to ask for it.

Goins’s and Schilling’s defensive effort vs. Purdue doesn’t show on stat sheet isportsweb
The No. 4 Michigan State Basketball team did a lot of things well to upset No. 3 Purdue at home Saturday afternoon to win 68-65. “I think we played pretty good,” said Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. “That team (Purdue) is destined for something great.”

Michigan State shows championship potential in thrilling win over Purdue Detroit Free Press
This is not who the Spartans are. Not yet. Not even after a thrilling comeback win over a top-5 team at the Breslin Center Saturday afternoon. Yeah, beating Purdue says a lot about what these young Spartans can do, especially on a day when the seasoned and senior-laden Boilermakers turned the ball over only three times and held the lead until just over eight minutes were left in the game. But it says a lot more about what’s possible, that Michigan State can still be a championship team.

Michigan State takes on ‘mountain’ Isaac Haas one-on-one and comes out on top MLive.com
For the past two days in practice, Michigan State had to spend time unlearning some ingrained defensive habits. The Spartans’ man-to-man defense is typically heavy on help. Forwards shade over to help one another. Guards dig down to help big men in tough matchups.

Couch: Miles Bridges, Michigan State give their season a chance with win over Purdue Lansing State Journal
Tom Izzo didn’t believe he had the better team entering Saturday’s game against Purdue. I’m not sure he does now, either. But he knows his team has a shot. That he didn’t know before Saturday’s 68-65 win over the Boilermakers. If Michigan State gets anywhere this year, beating Purdue — and how it unfolded — will have been the trigger.

Michigan State honors Jud Heathcote, then wins ‘his kind of game’ MLive.com
Matt Steigenga was just a teenager and neither he, nor any of his teammates, drank coffee. That didn’t matter to Jud Heathcote. The Michigan State coach was leading a team at the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival in Oklahoma City and bought each player a coffee mug as a gift. Steigenga, one season into playing for Heathcote’s Spartans, recalled how each was picked out with a personalized message. His read “You know who loves you.”