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Michigan State rebounds with resounding win over Wisconsin in Cassius Winston’s record night Spartans Wire
Before tip all eyes in the Breslin Center were trained on Cassius Winston and for good reason. The dynamic senior point guard entered the night just four assists shy of setting a new school and Big Ten record. The team knew it. The fans knew it. Wisconsin certainly knew it.

Cassius Winston breaks assists record in Michigan State’s 67-55 win over Wisconsin Detroit Free Press
The senior point guard passed another Spartan legend, Mateen Cleaves, to become the Big Ten’s all-time assist leader in a 67-55 victory over Wisconsin at Breslin Center. The senior point guard recorded his 817th career assist with a pick-and-roll lob to Xavier Tillman for an alley-oop dunk with 6:23 to play in the second half. Cleaves, who watched the assist while sitting opposite MSU’s bench and presented Winston with a ceremonial ball for his achievement after the game, held the record since 2000.

Michigan State thumps Wisconsin, Winston sets Big Ten assist mark Detroit News
Michigan State was glad to be back at home on Friday night. The Breslin Center provided the perfect place for the Spartans to forget the blowout loss at Purdue on Sunday, and on the way to a 67-55 victory over Wisconsin, the home crowd got to appreciate Cassius Winston handing out his 817th career assist, breaking the Big Ten and program record established by Mateen Cleaves.

Supporting cast shines as Michigan State tops Wisconsin Spartan Tailgate
On a night when the subtext centered on the likelihood that Cassius Winston would become the Michigan State and Big Ten career assists leader, the Spartans made the strongest argument yet that there’s more to them more than their star point guard.

Cassius Winston becomes Big Ten’s assist leader as Michigan State tops Wisconsin MLive.com
By the time Cassius Winston became the Big Ten’s career leader in assists, the Breslin Center was already in celebration mode. The Spartans’ point guard recorded his 817th career assist to become the school and conference’s career leader in the category during Michigan State’s 67-55 win over Wisconsin on Friday night at the Breslin Center.

Michigan State shows it is more than the Cassius Winston show Detroit Free Press
On a night when Cassius Winston set the Big Ten record for all-time assists, his Michigan State basketball teammates showed they could win without him. For while Winston set the record held by Mateen Cleaves, he didn’t do much else right. Whether tired legs or just plain tired, Winston played without his usual zip and zest, front-rimming most of his shots and mistiming several of his pass attempts early.

Four in Double Figures as Michigan State Beats Wisconsin, 67-55 MSUSpartans.com
Michigan State’s men’s basketball team used a big second half run, four players scored in double figures and senior guard Cassius Winston became the all-time leader in assists at the school as the Spartans beat Wisconsin, 67-55, at the Breslin Center Friday night.

Wins like this show just how high Michigan State men’s basketball’s ceiling is State News
Tom Izzo said earlier this week that “the highs are too high, and the lows are too low.” While this assessment is, at times, painfully accurate for the Spartans, they continued their upward climb Friday night after being knocked from their eight-game pedestal at Purdue in blowout fashion.

Healthy Rocket Watts shows his offensive firepower for Michigan State MLive.com
Michigan State players know full well about how lethal Rocket Watts’s fakes can be, after six months of trying to guard the Spartans’ talented freshman in practice. “Baddest jab step in the country,” Spartans sophomore Gabe Brown declared on Friday night. On Friday, the rest of the country started to see what Spartans’ players have been seeing.

Cassius Breaks the Record; Wing Play Breaks the Badgers, 67-55 The Only Colors
The end of the evening went exactly to plan. MSU cruised to victory, and Cassius Winston stood at mid-court with Tom Izzo and Spartan legend Mateen Cleaves. The legend from National Title run of 2000 embraced the emerging legend of 2020 and passed to him a symbolic white basketball.

Mateen Cleaves happy to pass the Michigan State assist mantle to Cassius Winston MLive.com
When Cassius Winston signed to play for Michigan State more than five years ago, former Spartans point guard Mateen Cleaves made what would have then been considered a bold prediction while speaking to former Spartans football player Robaire Smith. “I said ‘That record is gone,’” Cleaves recalled on Friday night. “That record” would be Cleaves’ 816 career assists, one that had stood since 2000 as the most in Michigan State and Big Ten history.