NCAAB Game Recap - Minnesota at Michigan State
Thu Jan 9, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Gonz
94
USD
50
F
Minn
58
MSU
74
F
Ariz
73
Oreg
74
F(OT)
Purd
78
Mich
84
F(2OT)
Mem
67
WichSt
76
F
Drex
73
Tows
89
F
LaTec
73
TexSA
89
F
Merrim
62
StFPA
80
F
FlGlf
74
NFla
89
F
NJIT
52
Jacksn
68
F
ArkLR
71
Troy
76
F
MtStM
61
(N/A)
64
F
Oakl
60
YSU
61
F
UNCW
63
W&M
79
F
StPet
58
Sien
61
F
StFNY
52
RobM
78
F
CenCT
78
LIU
90
F
N AL
52
Lib
63
F
Del
80
JMU
76
F
ULLa
52
GASt
90
F
ULMo
56
GaSo
67
F
SacHr
77
FaDi
75
F
Charl
73
Elon
65
F
(N/A)
56
Colum
86
F
Detr
59
Clev
64
F
KennSt
73
Lipsco
85
F
Marsh
79
MidTN
75
F
E IL
74
E KY
77
F
APSU
75
TNTec
62
F
SIU-E
77
MorSt
83
F
Hof
74
NE
72
F
UMKC
64
UTRGV
76
F
App
56
TexAr
66
F
CoCar
66
TxSt
78
F
ArkSt
59
SthAL
75
F
FlAtl
81
Rice
76
F
NDSt
73
Oral
79
F
FlInt
56
N TX
74
F
W Ky
62
UAB
72
F
Belm
89
SEMO
64
F
TNSt
74
TN-M
87
F
Wash
55
Stan
61
F
N CO
65
Web
64
F
SoMis
64
UTEP
76
F
ChiSt
54
NMSt
93
F
S UT
71
IdaSt
55
F
Murr
72
JacSt
68
F
Mont
90
E WA
63
F
MTSt
71
Ida
68
F
HI
75
CS-Ful
69
F
UCRiv
65
UCDav
59
F
NoAZ
57
Sac
64
F
WaSt
66
Cal
73
F
BYU
84
StMar
87
F(OT)
SCla
61
USF
80
F
AzSt
82
OrSt
76
F

Jan 9, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Minnesota (8-7)

32

26

58

(8) Michigan State (13-3)

36

38

74

Winston leads No. 8 Michigan St to 74-58 win over Minnesota
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:25 AM

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) No. 8 Michigan State started slowly against Minnesota, looking sluggish coming off a big win over its rival.

Cassius Winston made sure the Spartans made up for that.

Winston scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half while Xavier Tillman finished with 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, leading Michigan State to a 74-58 win over Minnesota on Thursday night.

"Cassius had 27 points and barely breaks a sweat," Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said.

The senior star made more than half his shot attempts after halftime after he was 2 of 8 in the first half.

"I wasn't forcing it as much and was playing a little more free," Winston said.

Winston had a career-high 32 points in an 87-69 win over then-No. 12 Michigan on Sunday.

The Spartans (13-3, 5-0 Big Ten) led by just four points at halftime before pulling away for their eighth straight victory, staying atop the Big Ten standings as the only team without a conference loss.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was very unhappy after the first half and let his players know it in the locker room.

"They responded," Izzo said.

The Golden Gophers (8-7, 2-3) were competitive in the first half, which had five lead changes and five ties, but couldn't slow down Winston after halftime or Tillman the entire game.

"I thought we played good defense," Pitino said. "It was the rebounding."

Minnesota's Daniel Oturu had 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting, 10 rebounds, two blocks and a steal.

"He's a physical, athletic player, a workhorse, who's always attacking," Tillman said.

Marcus Carr scored 11 points and Alihan Demir added 10 points for the Gophers.

KEY STAT

Michigan State had a six-rebound edge in the first half and outscored the Gophers in the second half by 12 points in part because it outrebounded them 48-30 overall.

"They bullied us on the boards," Pitino said.

INJURY REPORT

Michigan State's Kyle Ahrens was held out of the game with an Achilles tendon injury.

"I guess he's day to day," Izzo said, adding the senior forward may not be able to practice regularly or play in every game.

BIG PICTURE

Minnesota: Oturu needs more help. The Gophers have four players who average in double figures, but didn't have anyone get there other than Oturu until Demir made a 3-pointer with 1:31 remaining.

Carr is averaging nearly 16 points entering the game and finished with just 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting against the Spartans. The sophomore guard was limited by three fouls in the first half and was called for his fourth just 14 seconds after halftime.

"He needs to be on the court," Pitino said. "When he was on the court, we were right there with them."

Michigan State: After taking full advantage of a home-heavy schedule, the Spartans will play three of their next four games on the road.

"It's a good time to go on the road and see where we are," Izzo said. "I still think five losses will win this league."

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Spartans are the highest-ranked team with three losses, making it difficult for them to move up in the poll.

HE SAID IT

There was a moment of silence before the game for former Michigan State football coach, athletic director and trustee George Perles, who died Tuesday.

"I loved the man," Izzo said. "He did a lot for me and he did a lot for this institution. ... We lost one helluva a Spartan."

UP NEXT

Minnesota: Hosts No. 19 Michigan on Sunday and No. 20 Penn State on Wednesday night, facing a third ranked opponent in a week.

Michigan State: At Purdue on Sunday, when the Spartans hope to win for the first time since 2014.

"I think it's one of the loudest arenas in the country," Winston said. "I think they're scoring about 20 more at the crib."

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Leaders

Minnesota PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Omersa 0 0 1 3 0 1
B. Greenlee 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Winston 27 0 6 4 2 0
X. Tillman 19 0 4 16 3 5

Team Comparison

Minn MSU
Points For 58 74
Field Goals 23/59-39% 28/65-43%
Three Pointers 5/20-25% 6/20-30%
Free Throws 7/8-88% 12/16-75%
Offensive Rebounds 8 19
Defensive Rebounds 22 29
Rebounds 32 51
Blocks 7 6
Steals 3 8
Turnovers 11 12
Personal Fouls 19 12
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - MSU Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Jan 9 Minn 58 @ MSU 74 T. Williams 3 T. Kithier 1

Game Information

Stadium: Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan
Attendance: 14,797
Game Time: