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No. 2 Michigan State tops North Florida, next up No. 1 Duke

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Miles Bridges set up teammates at the start of his sophomore season, dishing the basketball instead of shooting it himself.

The leading vote-getter for The Associated Press preseason All-America team scored in a variety of ways later in the game, including a layup after going around his back with the basketball as he went up for the shot.

Bridges finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, helping No. 2 Michigan State beat North Florida 98-66 on Friday night in a tuneup for a highly anticipated game.

''I didn't want to force anything,'' he said. ''We've got so many weapons. I can wait to get mine.''

The Spartans will face No. 1 Duke on Tuesday night in Chicago.

Michigan State took control against the Ospreys with a 19-0 run midway through the first half, led by 26 at halftime and coasted to a lopsided win in the opener for both teams.

''They are fast as any team in America from baseline to baseline,'' North Florida coach Matthew Driscoll said. ''And, they have as much length as I've ever seen.''

North Florida's Ivan Gandia-Rosa had 19 points, Garrett Sams scored 13 and Wajid Aminu added 10 points.

Freshman Jaren Jackson had 13 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and two steals in his debut with the Spartans.

''That's a monumental day,'' coach Tom Izzo said.

Driscoll said Jackson, who some have projected as a top pick in the 2018 NBA draft, is in a great position with a talented and experienced team.

''He doesn't have to worry about being the man or the go-to,'' he said. ''He's not going to be put in tough situations.''

Michigan State's Nick Ward scored 11 of his 16 points in the first 7-plus minutes of the game. Joshua Langford scored 13 points and Cassius Winston had 12 points and eight assists.

BIG PICTURE

North Florida: The Atlantic Sun Conference team could be proud of the way it challenged one of the nation's top teams at the start of each half, but Driscoll refused to say that was a positive takeaway.

''I'm not a moral victory guy,'' he said.

Michigan State: The Spartans may have had two flaws exposed. They missed all six of their 3-point attempts in the first half and finished just 3 of 12 beyond the arc. And, they had 21 turnovers.

''I'm disappointed in our shooting,'' Izzo said. ''We got a little sloppy.''

BLOCK PARTY

Michigan State had nine of 10 blocks in the first half.

''That's one of our strengths with the bigs we have,'' Bridges said.

STANDING WITH A STATEMENT

Michigan State players and coaches stood during the anthem, putting their right hands over their hearts and wearing green T-shirts with a social message on both sides. The front had ''We Talk We Listen,'' in white lettering and the back read,'' It's Not About Me. It's About Us.''

PAYING RESPECTS

Michigan State, playing its first basketball game since Jud Heathcote died, opened the game in a zone defense and Izzo wore a green blazer in a tribute to the former coach.

''It was kind of an emotional night,'' Izzo said.

UP NEXT

North Florida: Stays in state, traveling about 60 miles to play at Michigan on Saturday night.

Michigan State: Faces an early test, matching up with the Blue Devils.

''It's a big game,'' Izzo acknowledged. ''I'm sure our players are excited about it. And, I wouldn't want it any other way.''

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Wajid Aminu 0.0
  Xavier Tillman missed jump shot 0.0
+ 2 Osborn Blount made layup 9.0
  Bad pass turnover on Matt McQuaid, stolen by North Florida 14.0
  Defensive rebound by Conner George 25.0
  Brian Coffey II missed 3-pt. jump shot 27.0
  Defensive rebound by Wajid Aminu 33.0
  Gavin Schilling missed hook shot 35.0
  Offensive rebound by Conner George 42.0
  Matt McQuaid missed jump shot 44.0
  Defensive rebound by Gavin Schilling 57.0
Team Stats
Points 66 98
Field Goals 23-66 (34.8%) 35-61 (57.4%)
3-Pointers 11-29 (37.9%) 3-12 (25.0%)
Free Throws 9-15 (60.0%) 25-32 (78.1%)
Total Rebounds 26 50
Offensive 8 13
Defensive 14 32
Team 4 5
Assists 8 22
Steals 9 12
Blocks 2 10
Turnovers 19 21
Fouls 24 21
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
20 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo North Florida 0-1 264066
home team logo 2 Michigan State 1-0 524698
Team Stats
away team logo North Florida 0-1 80.8 PPG 38.7 RPG 14.8 APG
home team logo 2 Michigan State 1-0 80.2 PPG 43.5 RPG 19.1 APG
Key Players
21
I. Gandia-Rosa G 13.8 PPG 2.7 RPG 6.2 APG 41.7 FG%
22
M. Bridges G/F 17.1 PPG 7.0 RPG 2.7 APG 45.7 FG%
Top Scorers
I. Gandia-Rosa G 19 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
M. Bridges G/F 20 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
34.8 FG% 57.4
37.9 3PT FG% 25.0
60.0 FT% 78.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
I. Gandia-Rosa 34 19 3 5 2 0 6 1 7/12 5/7 0/0 1 2
G. Sams 29 13 6 0 0 0 4 3 5/16 2/5 1/2 3 3
W. Aminu 30 10 7 1 2 1 0 3 2/12 0/3 6/9 1 6
J. Escobar 27 6 0 0 2 0 3 3 2/7 2/5 0/1 0 0
N. Horchler 15 2 1 1 0 1 1 5 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
I. Gandia-Rosa 34 19 3 5 2 0 6 1 7/12 5/7 0/0 1 2
G. Sams 29 13 6 0 0 0 4 3 5/16 2/5 1/2 3 3
W. Aminu 30 10 7 1 2 1 0 3 2/12 0/3 6/9 1 6
J. Escobar 27 6 0 0 2 0 3 3 2/7 2/5 0/1 0 0
N. Horchler 15 2 1 1 0 1 1 5 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
O. Blount 25 8 1 0 2 0 2 2 3/5 1/2 1/1 0 1
T. Day 15 8 1 0 1 0 2 5 3/6 1/1 1/2 1 0
B. Haid 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1
B. Coffey II 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
E. Lambright 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0/4 0/4 0/0 0 1
C. Driscoll - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Burkhardt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Morgan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 66 22 8 9 2 19 24 23/66 11/29 9/15 8 14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Bridges 27 20 10 2 1 3 3 2 9/15 0/2 2/2 2 8
N. Ward 16 16 2 0 0 1 5 3 6/6 0/0 4/5 0 2
J. Langford 24 13 5 1 3 0 3 3 5/9 0/1 3/3 2 3
J. Jackson Jr. 22 13 13 3 2 4 1 4 2/6 0/1 9/10 3 10
C. Winston 25 12 0 8 0 0 2 2 3/4 2/2 4/4 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Bridges 27 20 10 2 1 3 3 2 9/15 0/2 2/2 2 8
N. Ward 16 16 2 0 0 1 5 3 6/6 0/0 4/5 0 2
J. Langford 24 13 5 1 3 0 3 3 5/9 0/1 3/3 2 3
J. Jackson Jr. 22 13 13 3 2 4 1 4 2/6 0/1 9/10 3 10
C. Winston 25 12 0 8 0 0 2 2 3/4 2/2 4/4 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. McQuaid 26 8 0 0 3 1 3 1 3/9 1/5 1/2 0 0
G. Schilling 16 6 8 1 0 0 1 3 2/4 0/0 2/4 4 4
L. Nairn Jr. 20 6 1 4 2 0 2 1 3/3 0/0 0/2 0 1
X. Tillman 11 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 2
B. Carter 7 0 0 2 1 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
K. Goins 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
C. George 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 1
K. Ahrens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hoiberg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 98 45 22 12 10 21 21 35/61 3/12 25/32 13 32