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Winston leads second-half surge against Louisiana Monroe Spartan Tailgate
As Michigan State’s shooting percentage plummeted further and further south, it was the guy who steers the offense turning everything around. Junior point guard Cassius Winston had 14 points in the first 3:08 of the second half of Wednesday’s game against Louisiana Monroe, navigating the Spartans through a putrid early shooting performance to an 80-59 victory.

Spartans overcome Warhawks in second half Impact Sports
The No. 11 Michigan State men’s basketball team played its second of a three-game homestand Wednesday night against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. The last time MSU and ULM faced off was in 2007, MSU came away with the win, 83-65. Now the third time they met, the Spartans sealed another win in the second half, 80-59.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 80-59 win over Louisiana-Monroe Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on Michigan State’s 80-59 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday night at Breslin Center.

Michigan State basketball suffers setback in 80-59 win vs. Louisiana Monroe Detroit Free Press
Nick Ward went out. Cassius Winston stepped up. Michigan State’s point guard scored 14 points in the first 3-plus minutes of the second half, including three straight 3-pointers, to lift the 11th-ranked Spartans to an 80-59 victory over Louisiana Monroe on Wednesday night at Breslin Center.

Ward suffers leg injury as MSU rolls past Louisiana-Monroe Detroit News
Michigan State got a win on Wednesday night, but it appears it also got a little bit lucky. Cassius Winston scored 23 to lead the Spartans to an 80-59 victory over Louisiana-Monroe at Breslin Center, but junior big man Nick Ward suffered an injury to his right leg less than 8 minutes into the game. Ward appeared to be favoring his ankle as he hopped off the floor on his left leg straight to the locker room.

Cassius Winston saves Michigan State from slow start in win over Louisiana-Monroe MLive.com
Michigan State had lost its best big man to injury and was in an epic shooting slump, hanging on to a slim lead at home against a low-major opponent. Enter Cassius Winston. The Spartans junior point guard went on an early second-half scoring burst to lead No. 11 Michigan State out of the doldrums and to an 80-59 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday night at the Breslin Center.

Nick Ward suffers ankle sprain in win over Louisiana Monroe MLive.com
Nick Ward suffered a low-ankle sprain in Michigan State’s win over Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday night, and while Michigan State said the injury is not serious it’s unknown if the starting big man will miss any game time. Spartans coach Tom Izzo said Ward was still “limping around” with a swollen ankle after the game and that he’ll know more on Thursday, but emphasized multiple times that the injury isn’t expected to be long-term.

MSU takes down ULM Spartan Nation
The #11 Michigan State Spartans improved their record on the season to 2-1 with an 80-59 win over the University of Louisiana Monroe. The Eagles are expected to compete for their conference and get to the big dance

Winston’s Big Second Half Helps Lead Michigan State Past ULM, 80-59 Michigan State Official
Cassius Winston (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) scored 18 of his team-high 23 points in the second half as No. 11 Michigan State pulled away from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) en route to an 80-59 win at the Breslin Center Wednesday night.

Michigan State needed Cassius Winston and he delivered another second-half takeover MLive.com
When Michigan State came out of the locker room for the second half on Wednesday against Louisiana-Monroe, it did so without an injured Nick Ward. Less than a minute into that half, Joshua Langford was called for his third foul and went to the bench. That left only one of Michigan State’s three junior returning starters on the floor: point guard Cassius Winston.

Cassius Winston lifts team to win over Louisiana Monroe Detroit Free Press
Nick Ward went out, and Michigan State got to learn what life would be like without their big man. But it was little man Cassius Winston who made the biggest impact for the Spartans. MSU’s 6-foot point guard scored 14 points in the first 3-plus minutes of the second half, including three straight 3-pointers, to lift the 11th-ranked Spartans to a 80-59 victory over Louisiana Monroe on Wednesday night at Breslin Center.