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Michigan State jumps out early, beats Northwestern 61-52

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says his team is still going through some growing pains.

There was plenty of evidence of that in Friday's 61-52 home victory over Northwestern.

The Spartans (10-5 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) ran out to a 28-9 lead in the first half, and then allowed Northwestern to cut the lead to seven, 36-29 at halftime.

''We have a lot of growing up to do yet,'' Izzo said. ''That's the way it's going to be with a young team. We play a lot of good minutes of basketball, but when we don't play good minutes, it drops off to poor.''

But the Spartans kept the pressure on defense in the second half, as the Wildcats (12-3, 0-2) got to within four points several times, the last at 48-44 with 11:29 remaining, but got no closer.

''I thought it was an old-time Big Ten game tonight,'' said Northwestern coach Chris Collins, whose team saw a nine-game winning streak end. ''It got to be a little bit of a slugfest there, with the pace and the scoring. I thought Michigan State was a little tougher than we were.''

The Spartans outrebounded Northwestern 43-27, and Michigan State's Nick Ward, in just 18 minutes, had 11 points and nine rebounds. Forwards Sanjay Lumpkin and Gavin Skelly combined for just seven points while guarding Ward, and both fouled out.

''Ward forced us to play small for a major stretch,'' Collins said.

Alvin Ellis III scored 16 points and Cassius Winston added 15 for the Spartans, who were coming off a 75-74 overtime win at Minnesota on Tuesday.

''I think we did a great job of rallying together,'' Ellis said. ''Sometimes, when things are going bad, we go away from things that were working and we get in trouble. But I think we did a great job at the end.''

Collins said his team ran out of gas while trying to come back from the 19-point deficit.

''You dig a (19) point hole at the Breslin (Center, MSU's home court) and it's hard to fight back,'' Collins said. ''Sometimes you fight back and you have nothing to finish, and I think that was part of it.''

It was the third win in a row for the Spartans.

Michigan State shot 42.9 percent from the floor (21 of 49), while hitting just 4 of 17 3-point tries. The Spartans shot just 25 percent (8 of 32) in the second half.

Vic Law had 16 points and nine rebounds while Scottie Lindsey added 11 points for the Wildcats, who went cold down the stretch and shot just 35.8 percent (19 of 53) from the floor.

BIG PICTURE

Northwestern: The Wildcats entered the game having won 19 in a row in the month of December, a streak dating back to 2014. Their nine-game winning streak was the longest in the Big Ten, and hadn't lost since Nov. 22, a 70-66 setback against Notre Dame in the championship game of the Legends Classic in New York.

Michigan State: Tom Izzo, who is third on the all-time list of Big Ten wins, is 19-3 in Big Ten home openers, including 14 wins in the last 15 years.

INJURY UPDATE

Izzo wouldn't give a timeline on the return of freshman Miles Bridges, the team's leading scorer who dressed but did not play. He has missed seven games with a high ankle sprain. ''He's a special kid,'' Izzo said, ''and I want to give him enough time to recover so that he's around at the end of the season.''

UP NEXT

Northwestern is home against Minnesota on Jan. 5, the only home game for the Wildcats in their first five Big Ten games. The last time the Wildcats played four of their first five Big Ten games on the road was during the 1955-56 season.

Michigan State is home against Rutgers on Jan. 4.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Isiah Brown made layup 18.0
+ 2 Isiah Brown made layup 18.0
+ 1 Alvin Ellis III made 2nd of 2 free throws 27.0
+ 1 Alvin Ellis III made 2nd of 2 free throws 27.0
+ 1 Alvin Ellis III made 1st of 2 free throws 27.0
  Personal foul on Bryant McIntosh 27.0
  Defensive rebound by Matt McQuaid 27.0
  Scottie Lindsey missed driving layup 29.0
+ 1 Alvin Ellis III made 2nd of 2 free throws 38.0
  Alvin Ellis III missed 1st of 2 free throws 38.0
  Alvin Ellis III missed 1st of 2 free throws 38.0
Team Stats
Points 52 61
Field Goals 19-53 (35.8%) 21-49 (42.9%)
3-Pointers 7-19 (36.8%) 4-17 (23.5%)
Free Throws 7-12 (58.3%) 15-22 (68.2%)
Total Rebounds 27 43
Offensive 6 10
Defensive 19 30
Team 2 3
Assists 13 14
Steals 5 5
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 11 12
Fouls 23 18
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST
16 PTS, 8 REB
12T
away team logo Northwestern 12-3 292352
home team logo Michigan State 10-5 362561
Team Stats
away team logo Northwestern 12-3 67.0 PPG 37 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo Michigan State 10-5 80.6 PPG 44.6 RPG 19.7 APG
Key Players
4
V. Law F 15.5 PPG 6.6 RPG 2.9 APG 39.4 FG%
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A. Ellis III G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
V. Law F 16 PTS 9 REB 3 AST
A. Ellis III G 16 PTS 8 REB 0 AST
35.8 FG% 42.9
36.8 3PT FG% 23.5
58.3 FT% 68.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Law 16 9 3 6/11 1/1 3/6 2 36 1 0 2 0 9
S. Lindsey 11 3 0 3/11 3/6 2/2 1 36 2 0 3 0 3
S. Lumpkin 7 6 2 3/6 1/3 0/0 5 34 0 0 0 3 3
B. McIntosh 7 0 5 3/14 0/3 1/1 5 37 1 0 2 0 0
B. Benson 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 12 0 0 1 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Law 16 9 3 6/11 1/1 3/6 2 36 1 0 2 0 9
S. Lindsey 11 3 0 3/11 3/6 2/2 1 36 2 0 3 0 3
S. Lumpkin 7 6 2 3/6 1/3 0/0 5 34 0 0 0 3 3
B. McIntosh 7 0 5 3/14 0/3 1/1 5 37 1 0 2 0 0
B. Benson 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 12 0 0 1 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Taphorn 8 2 2 3/5 2/4 0/0 2 21 1 1 1 0 2
I. Brown 3 0 1 1/4 0/1 1/3 0 12 0 0 1 0 0
G. Skelly 0 2 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 5 12 0 0 1 1 1
J. Ash - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Falzon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Pardon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Hall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Malnati - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 52 25 13 19/53 7/19 7/12 23 200 5 1 11 6 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Winston 15 2 6 6/9 2/3 1/2 2 26 0 1 3 1 1
N. Ward 11 9 1 4/7 0/0 3/4 3 18 1 2 2 2 7
M. McQuaid 3 2 2 1/3 0/2 1/3 3 20 0 0 1 1 1
M. Van Dyk 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 12 0 0 2 1 0
J. Langford 2 4 2 1/4 0/2 0/0 3 27 2 0 0 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Winston 15 2 6 6/9 2/3 1/2 2 26 0 1 3 1 1
N. Ward 11 9 1 4/7 0/0 3/4 3 18 1 2 2 2 7
M. McQuaid 3 2 2 1/3 0/2 1/3 3 20 0 0 1 1 1
M. Van Dyk 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 12 0 0 2 1 0
J. Langford 2 4 2 1/4 0/2 0/0 3 27 2 0 0 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Ellis III 16 8 0 4/10 1/4 7/10 1 29 2 1 2 1 7
E. Harris 4 2 1 1/4 0/2 2/2 0 14 0 0 0 1 1
L. Nairn Jr. 3 5 2 1/3 1/2 0/0 1 23 0 0 0 0 5
K. Ahrens 3 1 0 1/3 0/2 1/1 3 9 0 0 2 0 1
K. Goins 2 6 0 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 22 0 0 0 2 4
B. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Schilling - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. George - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Roy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bridges - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Nsengiyumva - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 40 14 21/49 4/17 15/22 18 200 5 4 12 10 30