#2 Michigan State destroyed Cleveland State 111-61 To Extend Winning Streak to 12

Breslin Center

East Lansing, MI

When my plane took off this morning from San Diego, after covering the Spartan Football win in the Holiday Bowl, who would have known that while the thermometer read bitter cold in Michigan the temperature in the Breslin Center was ON FIRE!  #2 Michigan State extended their winning streak to 12 games with a 111-61 destruction of lowly Cleveland State.

The Spartans have a steady path of bottom feeders on their schedule for the foreseeable future and the battle now is against themselves and expectations.  They rose to them tonight.  MSU had six players score in double digits.  Nick Ward led the way with a double-double.  He had 22 points and 14 rebounds.  Even more amazing for the Spartans star sophomore, is that he has only missed two shots in the last three games.  Joshua Langford had 23 points and Miles Bridges had 18 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.   Jaren Jackson had 12 points and Matt McQuaid and Cassius Winston rounded it out with 11.

Michigan State Hall of Fame head coach Tom Izzo said of the contest, “I almost feel that I wish we were as good as we played.  We got six guys almost seven guys in double figures and eight guys with an assist.  I am pleased we didn’t take the day off and just play.  That is

Cleveland State head coach Dennis Felton said of the Spartans, “I do not know what I was thinking scheduling this game.  I wanted our players to see a program in the model of Michigan State.  Players that value the simple things that go into building championship basketball.  I think they are the best team in the land right now.  They have a lot of great pieces.  Miles Bridges is a spectacular player.  Literally, the summer going into his senior year of high school he was my favorite player in the country.  It is hard to find a weakness with them.  If we didn’t go zone they might have scored 200 points tonight.”

On the night the Spartans kept their turnovers to 11.  They won the battle of the boards 48-16.  MSU Shot a stunning 65% from the field and held Cleveland State to a lowly 32%.  MSU had only three blocks. MSU owned the court leading with points in the paint 48-16.  The Spartans had 26 assists on 41 baskets.  Finally when searching the stat sheet the Spartans three-point defense that has struggled, was solid at 30%.

Izzo added, “I have personal goals for them and team goals for us.  I am going to keep pushing.  Do not get carried away.  Give our fans credit.  Our guys were jacked.  What an exhilarating night with how good that football games.  I still have a lot of things we have to get better at.”

MSU’s 63 points at the half were the most in a half during the Izzo era. As stated above this was the Spartans 12th straight win.  All of the Spartans wins have come by double digits.

The 13-1 Spartans will return to action on Sunday afternoon with a high noon tip-off against Savannah State.  You can watch that game on BTN.

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