January 9th, 2019

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State basketball’s win over Purdue Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist gives his initial thoughts on Michigan State’s 77-58 win over Purdue on Tuesday night at Breslin Center.

Michigan State basketball, Cassius Winston pushes past Purdue in win Detroit Free Press
Purdue tried to muck it up and play physical. Cassius Winston pushed back. The junior guard scored nine of his points late in the first half and finished with a game-high 23 points as No. 6 Michigan State bullied by the Boilermakers for a 77-59 victory on Tuesday night at Breslin Center.

Michigan State basketball keeps hot streak alive, smacks Purdue Spartan Avenue
Things got ugly in the second half as the Spartans looked like they were sleepwalking through the first 10 minutes, or so, but Michigan State got hot and extended a four-point lead to double figures and put Purdue away for good.

Michigan State set a lofty goal in containing Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, then achieved it mlive.com
As Matt McQuaid broke down Michigan State’s plan for limiting Purdue star Carsen Edwards late on Tuesday night, he revealed the team’s goal for points allowed. “We wanted to keep him under 20,” McQuaid said. Freshman Aaron Henry overheard the assertion from across the postgame locker room and was compelled to interrupt and disagree. “Hell no,” Henry shouted. “We wanted to keep him under 12.”

‘It was a war’: MSU shuts down Edwards, Purdue Detroit News
Cassius Winston had another big offensive night on Tuesday, but the Michigan State guard was clear about who stole the show at the Breslin Center. The junior guard scored 23 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists as No. 6 Michigan State won a slugfest against Purdue, 77-59, at the Breslin Center for its ninth straight victory. But those weren’t the most eye-opening numbers.

No. 6 Michigan State Pulls Away From Purdue In 77-59 Victory MSU Official
Junior guard Cassius Winston (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) scored a game-high 23 points and No. 6 Michigan State pulled away from Purdue for a 77-59 win at the Breslin Center on Tuesday night.

Cassius Winston, Michigan State flash toughness in physical win over Purdue Detroit Free Press
It almost became a game of chicken, seeing who would shy away from the contact first. And Purdue’s Nojel Eastern — all of 6-feet-6 and 220 pounds — applied plenty to the more diminutive Cassius Winston, basically from the opening tip.