NCAAB Game Recap - Iowa at Michigan State
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:00 PM EST

KansSt
66
Baylor
85
F
Dayt
62
GMas
55
F
ColSt
60
SDSU
66
F
Duke
101
Wake
113
F(2OT)
KY
69
TexAM
60
F
Miss
58
Aub
67
F
Iowa
70
MSU
78
F
TxTch
51
Okla
65
F
TCU
59
IaSt
65
F
DeP
67
Xav
78
F
Buff
69
Ohio
80
F
MiaO
61
Kent
74
F
NIU
73
E MI
71
F
LaSal
49
David
74
F
Toled
93
CenMI
81
F
Akr
60
BGSU
78
F
W MI
61
Ball
71
F
MOSt
74
Valpa
89
F
Drake
60
LoyIL
64
F
Tul
57
Tuls
62
F
Mem
53
SMU
58
F
Nev
73
Wyo
68
F
Clem
59
GaTec
68
F
Alab
73
MisSt
80
F
NCSU
79
UNC
85
F
SJSU
56
UtSt
94
F

Feb 25, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(18) Iowa (19-9)

33

37

70

(24) Michigan State (19-9)

27

51

78

Behind Winston, No. 24 Michigan State tops No. 18 Iowa 78-70
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:59 PM

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Cassius Winston scored only one point in the first half and it looked like his team's slim shot to win another Big Ten title was vanishing.

The All-America point guard bounced back and scored 19 of his 20 points in the second half, helping No. 24 Michigan State rally to beat 18th-ranked Iowa 78-70 on Tuesday night to keep its conference championship hopes alive.

"Cassius had a miserable first half," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "He did what true champions are supposed to do and just did an unbelievable job in the second half."

The defending league champion Spartans (19, 9, 11-6 Big Ten) moved into sole possession of second place in the conference, 1 1/2 games behind No. 9 Maryland, with their third win in four games.

"We did a good job of fighting and holding it together," Winston said.

The Hawkeyes (19-9, 10-7) started the night tied for second in the Big Ten and ended it slipping to sixth place, possibly making an impact on their seeding for the conference tournament in two weeks.

Iowa's Luka Garza scored 20 on 8 of 21 shooting against a lot of attention.

"They were really physical with me, probably as physical as a team has been with me this entire year," Garza said.

Ryan Kriener had 18 points before fouling out late, and Connor McCaffery added 11 points for the Hawkeyes.

"Michigan State doesn't double so they were going to live with other people scoring," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "Connor and Kriener stepped up."

Michigan State's Aaron Henry scored 17 points, one shy of his season high.

"He was our best all-around player," Izzo said.

Winston barely scored in the first half, and Xavier Tillman did not have a point before halftime after going to the bench early with two fouls.

With Michigan State's top two scorers not producing, Iowa controlled the first half and was up 33-27 after 20 minutes.

Winston bounced back in the second half and his team did, too. He made a 3-pointer on a designed play 30 seconds into the half and set up Tillman for a go-ahead basket in the lane midway through the half.

"What I'm looking for (Winston) to do is take over games," Izzo said. "And in the second half, he took the game over and that was pretty cool to see."

Henry put the Spartans ahead for good at the free throw line with 4:17 left. They held onto a late lead after wasting one in the final minutes of their last home game against the Terrapins.

INJURY REPORT

Iowa guard CJ Fredrick, who averages 10.7 points, missed his third straight game with an ankle injury.

"I think CJ will be ready Saturday," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.

BLOCK MARK

Tillman's second blocked shot of the game with 1:11 left against Garza gave the junior 147 for his career, surpassing the Michigan State record set by Matt Costello in 2016.

"What a great way to do it because Garza is really, really good," said Izzo, adding he is pushing for Tillman to win the Big Ten's defensive player of the year award.

QUIET NIGHT

Hawkeyes guard Joe Wieskamp, who averages nearly 15 points to trail only Garza, had just five points on 2 of 5 shooting.

"He struggled shooting and scoring, yeah," McCaffery said. "In fairness to him, he took good shots that were open and he was defended well."

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Spartans have an opportunity to make a big jump in the poll if they can also beat the ninth-ranked and first-place Terrapins on the road this week. The Hawkeyes will have a chance to hold their position if they can bounce back with a win over No. 16 Penn State.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: Garza can't do it alone if the Hawkeyes are going to have a successful season and he had help at Michigan State with Kriener and McCaffery scoring in double digits.

Michigan State: Watts and Henry contributed offensively, an encouraging sign for a team that needs more than just Winston and Tillman to score.

"With Cash down and X (Tillman) out, I needed to be the guy to make something happen," Watts said.

UP NEXT

Iowa: Hosts No. 16 Penn State on Saturday.

Michigan State: Plays at Maryland on Saturday night.

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Leaders

Iowa PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. Till 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Ash 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
F. Loyer 0 0 1 0 0 0
G. Brown 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Comparison

Iowa MSU
Points For 70 78
Field Goals 26/65-40% 27/54-50%
Three Pointers 6/27-22% 7/20-35%
Free Throws 12/18-67% 17/23-74%
Offensive Rebounds 16 7
Defensive Rebounds 24 25
Rebounds 43 33
Blocks 3 4
Steals 5 6
Turnovers 13 11
Personal Fouls 21 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Feb 25 Iowa 70 @ MSU 78 C. Pemsl 3 T. Kithier 2

Game Information

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