Michigan State Basketball: Highlights For Spartans' Win Over Miami

Four minutes into the game and you could almost hear a collective groan coming from East Lansing. Michigan State basketball fans were ready to call the 2016-17 quits after the Spartans were down by 12 points in the first few minutes against the Miami Hurricanes.

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The youth was starting to show with the Spartans after a 10-0 run by Miami to open the game and it would have been easy for them to just call it a game and end the season early. However, that wasn’t the case. Michigan State made a furious comeback and took an 11-point lead at halftime.

Michigan State kept pouring it on in the final 20 minutes, heading into the round of 32 after beating Miami by 20 points, 78-58.

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Three Stars

Obviously Miles Bridges has to be our top star because he did it all for the Spartans and kept the team level-headed when trailing by 12. He finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a block on a red-hot 8-of-12 shooting night.

Nick Ward is a close second. He finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, adding a block as well, and really looked like a dominant force in the paint, making 8-of-9 shots. His free throw shooting has also improved immensely (he was 3-for-3).

Last, but certainly not least, was Josh Langford. The former McDonald’s All-American really stepped up and ignited the offense. His aggressive shooting really helped the Spartans pull away and he made 5-of-10 shots for 13 points.

Highlights

Damn RT @JohnNiyo: Miles Bridges punctuates Michigan State's open practice here in Tulsa … pic.twitter.com/DuYx6GlWMf

— JaRon McKinney (@DreadHeadRed88) March 17, 2017

Michigan State has erased a 12-point deficit! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/RCXEM7WJrV

— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2017

Miles Bridges cleans the glass! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/fcc72ffYT7

— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2017

The exclamation point! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/fBEH403HnP

— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2017

Key Stats

  • Michigan State made just 6-of-20 3-pointers while Miami hit 4-of-16.
  • The Spartans out-rebounded one of the top rebounding teams in the ACC, 36-23.
  • Michigan State ended the first half on a 30-8 (essentially game-clinching) run.
  • The Spartans had six turnovers in the first five minutes and then just six throughout the remaining 35.
  • The freshmen combined for 57 points, the most in school history for an NCAA Tournament game.
  • Michigan State had 18 assists on 30 field goals and shot 57 percent from the floor — in comparison, Miami shot just 40 percent and had eight assists on 21 field goals.
  • Josh Langford has taken double-digit shots three times this season and Michigan State is 3-0 in those games with an average win margin of 21 points.
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What’s Next?

Michigan State gets the tough task of facing Kansas on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. ET in Tulsa. It’ll be an intriguing matchup between Josh Jackson and Miles Bridges.

Source : https://spartanavenue.com/2017/03/18/michigan-state-basketball-highlights-miami/

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