November 23rd, 2018



Michigan State dismantles UCLA early en route to 20-point win
A Michigan State team came to the desert worried its impressive three-game win streak might be a mirage, subject to vanish away from home against a ranked opponent. It found out quickly that its improvement from a season-opening loss to Kansas is very real.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State basketball’s 87-67 thumping of UCLA Lansing State Journal
1. Holy smokes. Didn’t see that coming – until the game began
2. Freshman thoughts — the UCLA edition
3. Longhorns next — and they look like a bear

Michigan State Dominates UCLA 87-67 in Las Vegas The Only Colors
Michigan State had an offense tonight that fired on all cylinders and a defense that only allowed 26 points in the first half against UCLA. It seemed like everything fell in the first half, with the Spartans shooting 54.2% percent from behind the arc. Cassius Winston did a phenomenal job of facilitating with seven assists and adding 19 points as well. His 15 points in the first half set the tone for the Spartans to gain an early lead and never look back from there.

Michigan State overwhelms UCLA in Las Vegas Spartan Tailgate
Everybody goes to Las Vegas hoping to go on a hot streak. No. 11 Michigan State actually did it Thursday night against No. 17 UCLA. A tremendous start by the Spartans left UCLA in a haze, its collective body language reminiscent of someone who had just lost their last dollar on the strip. In their 87-67 victory, the Spartans rectified much of what went wrong in their last appearance on a stage that big, the season-opening loss to Kansas.

No. 11 Michigan State Handles No. 17 UCLA, 87-67
Michigan State Official Athletic Site
Junior guard Cassius Winston (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) scored 19 points to lead four players in double figures as No. 11 Michigan State opened up a 25-point halftime lead en route to an 87-67 win over UCLA on Thursday night in one of two semifinals of the Las Vegas Invitational at Orleans Arena.

Michigan State basketball dominates UCLA with 3-point barrage, 87-67 Detroit Free Press
Tom Izzo spent the week worrying about UCLA’s size. The Bruins didn’t spend enough time worrying about Michigan State’s outside shooting. The 11th-ranked Spartans hit 10 first-half 3-pointers and built as much as a 29-point lead by halftime. They coasted to an 87-67 victory over No. 17 UCLA in the opening night of the Las Vegas Invitational at Orleans Arena on Thursday.

Experience shines through as Michigan State tops UCLA
As it hit 3-pointer after 3-pointer in the first half of its eventual 87-67 win over UCLA, Michigan State saw something familiar in its opponent. Michigan State players saw a UCLA team that seemed panicked at times, unsure of what to do in the face of adversity and how to fight back in a big game. The Spartans recognized those attributes because not long ago, they were going through those growing pains themselves as a young team playing in its first marquee games.

Shooting, defense push Michigan State to Las Vegas tourney title game Detroit Free Press
In a four-minute burst, Michigan State basketball staggered UCLA. In the next nine minutes, the Spartans knocked out the Bruins. And then came halftime. No. 11 MSU looked and played like a veteran team – hitting 3-pointers, running the court, moving the ball, rebounding hard, playing defense and executing a game plan to perfection.

Michigan State out-toughs UCLA in Las Vegas Invitational Spartan Avenue
Michigan State trounced on a wounded UCLA team early and didn’t let up as the Spartans out-toughed the Bruins to the tune of a 20-point victory in the opening round of the Las Vegas Invitational. The Spartans relied on a hot stroke from just about anyone who touched the ball early on and carried that over, with some defense, into the second half.