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No. 3 Michigan St tops Southern Utah 88-63, aims for No. 1

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Cassius Winston sprinted up the sideline, called for the ball and got it to put up a 3-pointer.

Swish.

Winston scored 15 points and missed only one shot beyond the arc, helping the third-ranked Spartans beat Southern Utah 88-63 on Saturday night.

''I was definitely feeling it,'' he said. ''My teammates did a good job of getting the ball in my hands where I could make shots.''

That's a good idea this season.

After making just 38 percent of his 3-pointers last season, Winston has connected on 61 percent and almost has as many makes beyond the arc that he did all of last season.

''I've put a lot of work into it,'' he said. ''There's going to be a lot of attention on other guys. If I can knock down open jumpers like that, it opens the floor up that much more.''

The point guard made 5 of 6 3-point attempts against the Thunderbirds. Over the last six games, the sophomore has connected on 19 of 26 3-pointers.

''He is shooting the lights out,'' Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.

Winston is often open because many of his teammates can score, too.

''He's shooting with great confidence and he's getting it off quick,'' Southern Utah coach Todd Simon said. ''He's a game-changer for them when he's playing like that. There's not many holes in that lineup.''

Miles Bridges , Nick Ward and Jaren Jackson each scored 17 points for the Spartans (9-1) as they won an eighth straight by double digits since losing to top-ranked Duke , which lost Saturday.

Jackson had 13 rebounds and five blocks. Bridges had 11 rebounds and six assists.

The Thunderbirds (5-4) had won three straight. They kept it relatively close at the Breslin Center for a while, trailing by just five points midway through the second half.

Michigan State's balanced team took control with a 21-7 run to take a 79-60 lead with 4:45 left.

Southern Utah's Dre Marin, Jacob Calloway and Jadon Cohee scored 12 points apiece and Ivan Madunic added 10 points.

''We're kind of a budding program, rebuilding this thing,'' Simon said. ''Our guys played really hard. From a competitive standpoint, I was really proud of the guys.''

BIG PICTURE

Southern Utah: The Thunderbirds can upset a lot of teams if they make 3-pointers like they did at Michigan State, connecting on 11 beyond the arc.

''Our game plan was to get 30 3s up and make 15 of them,'' Simon said. ''We felt like we could because they're so aggressive defensively. We passed up some and drove inside the trees and found that was not a good strategy.''

Michigan State: The Spartans may be ranked No. 1 on Monday for the first time in two years. The top-ranked Blue Devils (11-1) lost to Boston College on Saturday, No. 2 Kansas (7-1) lost to Washington on Wednesday and No. 4 Villanova (9-0) is unbeaten going into Sunday's game against La Salle.

Izzo welcomes the top spot.

''I think this team has to learn how to handle all these things,'' he said.

HOMECOMING

Simon had a lot of fans in the stands because he's from Fowler, Michigan, a small town about 30 miles from Michigan State, and he graduated from Central Michigan in 2003.

''That part of it was a pretty cool experience,'' he said.

UP NEXT:

Southern Utah: Plays on Saturday at home against Central Michigan.

Michigan State: Plays Oakland on Saturday in Detroit after Michigan faces Detroit Mercy in Little Caesars Arena.

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Key Players
J. Cohee
12 G
C. Winston
5 G
26.6 Min. Per Game 26.6
12.4 Pts. Per Game 12.4
6.9 Ast. Per Game 6.9
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
34.8 Field Goal % 54.9
35.7 Three Point % 61.0
74.3 Free Throw % 80.0
  Offensive rebound by Dre Marin 8.0
  Joel Swallow missed layup 10.0
+ 2 Xavier Tillman made driving dunk, assist by Gavin Schilling 23.0
  Defensive rebound by Xavier Tillman 48.0
  Brandon Better missed layup 50.0
  Defensive rebound by Southern Utah 58.0
  Matt McQuaid missed layup 1:00
  Lost ball turnover on Jacob Calloway, stolen by Conner George 1:29
  Offensive rebound by Jacob Calloway 1:29
  Jadon Cohee missed layup 1:30
  Defensive rebound by Dre Marin 1:38
Team Stats
Points 63 88
Field Goals 21-65 (32.3%) 28-59 (47.5%)
3-Pointers 11-26 (42.3%) 9-19 (47.4%)
Free Throws 10-16 (62.5%) 23-31 (74.2%)
Total Rebounds 34 49
Offensive 10 14
Defensive 20 34
Team 4 1
Assists 13 24
Steals 8 6
Blocks 0 12
Turnovers 9 11
Fouls 24 12
Technicals 0 1
12 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
17 PTS, 11 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo Southern Utah 5-4 303363
home team logo 3 Michigan State 9-1 424688
Team Stats
away team logo Southern Utah 5-4 75.7 PPG 39.8 RPG 12.5 APG
home team logo 3 Michigan State 9-1 77.6 PPG 43.3 RPG 18.3 APG
Key Players
4
D. Marin G 8.9 PPG 3.2 RPG 3.0 APG 45.1 FG%
00
J. Jackson Jr. F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Marin G 12 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
J. Jackson Jr. F 17 PTS 13 REB 1 AST
32.3 FG% 47.5
42.3 3PT FG% 47.4
62.5 FT% 74.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cohee 12 4 5 4/11 2/3 2/2 4 35 1 0 2 0 4
J. Calloway 12 5 1 4/10 4/7 0/0 4 23 2 0 2 3 2
D. Marin 12 5 4 3/11 1/6 5/8 1 36 1 0 2 1 4
C. Musoko 4 5 0 1/4 0/0 2/2 5 22 1 0 0 1 4
J. McGee 3 1 3 1/3 1/2 0/0 4 24 0 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cohee 12 4 5 4/11 2/3 2/2 4 35 1 0 2 0 4
J. Calloway 12 5 1 4/10 4/7 0/0 4 23 2 0 2 3 2
D. Marin 12 5 4 3/11 1/6 5/8 1 36 1 0 2 1 4
C. Musoko 4 5 0 1/4 0/0 2/2 5 22 1 0 0 1 4
J. McGee 3 1 3 1/3 1/2 0/0 4 24 0 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Madunic 10 8 0 4/5 2/2 0/1 2 20 2 0 1 4 4
B. Better 9 0 0 4/14 1/6 0/1 0 25 0 0 2 0 0
J. Aytes 1 2 0 0/6 0/0 1/2 4 11 1 0 0 1 1
M. Johnson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Swallow 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Lyons 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
T. Webb - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Graves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 63 30 13 21/65 11/26 10/16 24 200 8 0 9 10 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bridges 17 11 6 7/16 1/3 2/2 0 31 1 2 2 3 8
N. Ward 17 6 0 6/10 1/1 4/9 2 21 0 3 3 2 4
J. Jackson Jr. 17 13 1 3/7 0/2 11/12 2 26 1 5 1 4 9
C. Winston 15 3 5 5/8 5/6 0/0 1 27 1 0 1 0 3
J. Langford 7 2 3 3/7 1/2 0/0 0 26 0 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bridges 17 11 6 7/16 1/3 2/2 0 31 1 2 2 3 8
N. Ward 17 6 0 6/10 1/1 4/9 2 21 0 3 3 2 4
J. Jackson Jr. 17 13 1 3/7 0/2 11/12 2 26 1 5 1 4 9
C. Winston 15 3 5 5/8 5/6 0/0 1 27 1 0 1 0 3
J. Langford 7 2 3 3/7 1/2 0/0 0 26 0 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Schilling 6 4 1 2/2 0/0 2/2 3 11 0 0 0 1 3
M. McQuaid 5 1 4 1/6 1/5 2/2 1 16 1 0 1 1 0
X. Tillman 3 2 0 1/1 0/0 1/2 1 5 0 0 1 0 2
K. Goins 1 4 1 0/1 0/0 1/2 1 12 1 2 0 2 2
B. Carter 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 1 1
L. Nairn Jr. 0 0 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 19 0 0 0 0 0
C. George 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
K. Ahrens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hoiberg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 88 48 24 28/59 9/19 23/31 12 200 6 12 11 14 34