HOUBP
MICHST

No Text

Bridges has 33, No. 2 Michigan St swats away Houston Baptist

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Miles Bridges leaped for a lob and dunked over a 6-foot-10 center , made four 3-pointers and sprinted around screens to set up some shots in between.

He's back.

Bridges matched his career high with 33 points, leading No. 2 Michigan State in a 107-62 win over Houston Baptist on Monday night.

''You can see his athleticism is finally back,'' Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. ''Offensively, Miles was as good as he's been since he's been here.''

The sophomore sprained his left ankle in the third game of the season, keeping him out of one game and slowing him in some additional games.

Bridges has looked like a preseason All-American in some games since the injury, but he often deferred to teammates when he had the ball. Against the Huskies, he was in attack mode.

''I was just trying to find the open spots and my teammates were finding me,'' he said. ''I was trying to get everything they gave me, but everything felt good.''

The 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward had 20 points in the first half, making 8 of 11 shots and going 3 of 6 beyond the arc. He finished 11 of 14 overall, 4 of 7 on 3-pointers and 7 of 7 at the line to match the 33-point total he had last season against Purdue.

''He's so big and strong and skilled,'' HBU coach Ron Cottrell said. ''He knocked down shots even when we were there. He makes all the little plays and does the little things to get himself looks.''

Michigan State (11-1) has won 10 straight since losing to top-ranked Duke.

The Spartans set a school record with 16 blocked shots. Freshman Jaren Jackson had six blocks before fouling out in 18 minutes, and Nick Ward had four blocks to go with his 20 points and six rebounds. Joshua Langford added 14 points.

Houston Baptist (4-8) stayed relatively close until Michigan State's 18-6 run late in the first half. Reserve Jalon Gates scored 17 points while Ian DuBose and Braxton Bonds each had 10 for the Huskies, who were held to 28 percent shooting.

''Shots weren't going in for us, but Michigan State had a lot to do with that,'' Cottrell said. ''They're so tenacious defensively. You're not going to be able to finish much at the rim.''

BIG PICTURE

Houston Baptist: The Huskies played physically throughout, even late when they were losing by 50-plus points and playing without their leading scorer, senior center Josh Ibarra.

''Our guys never backed down,'' Cottrell said. ''They didn't stop competing.''

Izzo agreed.

''As far as heart, courage and toughness, they played with it,'' he said. ''And we didn't and that's what I told their coach.''

Michigan State: Izzo isn't happy. He said it was embarrassing and a shame to let an undersized team get 24 offensive rebounds. And, Izzo said he called the earliest timeout of his career - just 1:34 into the game - after the team had three turnovers following pre-game instructions that stressed taking care of the ball.

''I think we lead the world in unforced turnovers,'' Izzo said. ''Those things are not something we can take lightly anymore.''

The Spartans finished with 14 turnovers, approaching their average that was spiked by a season-high 24 in a rout over North Carolina.

''If we want to be a great team, we can't do that,'' Bridges said. ''If we fix our turnovers and our rebounding, we can take a step and be a great team.''

BOX SCORE BITS

Michigan State's Cassius Winston had a career-high 12 assists for a team that made 64 percent of its shots overall, 58 percent of 3-pointers and 76 percent of its free throws.

NEXT UP

Houston Baptist: Plays at Vanderbilt on Wednesday night.

Michigan State: Hosts Long Beach State on Thursday night.

---

More AP college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Copyright 2017 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 1 Tyquon Jordan made 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
  Tyquon Jordan missed 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
  Personal foul on Gavin Schilling 18.0
+ 2 Xavier Tillman made dunk 14.0
  Offensive rebound by Xavier Tillman 18.0
  Conner George missed layup 20.0
  Offensive rebound by Matt McQuaid 30.0
  Xavier Tillman missed hook shot 32.0
  Defensive rebound by Gavin Schilling 47.0
  Oliver Lynch-Daniels missed 3-pt. jump shot 49.0
  Offensive rebound by Houston Baptist 56.0
Team Stats
Points 62 107
Field Goals 21-74 (28.4%) 36-56 (64.3%)
3-Pointers 4-19 (21.1%) 10-20 (50.0%)
Free Throws 16-23 (69.6%) 25-33 (75.8%)
Total Rebounds 39 43
Offensive 20 10
Defensive 15 32
Team 4 1
Assists 9 30
Steals 7 4
Blocks 2 16
Turnovers 13 14
Fouls 29 22
Technicals 0 0
33 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo Houston Baptist 4-8 332962
home team logo 2 Michigan State 11-1 5453107
Team Stats
away team logo Houston Baptist 4-8 82.2 PPG 42.1 RPG 15.0 APG
home team logo 2 Michigan State 11-1 77.6 PPG 43.3 RPG 18.3 APG
Key Players
22
J. Gates G 8.8 PPG 0.8 RPG 0.5 APG 36.6 FG%
00
M. Bridges G/F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Gates G 17 PTS 0 REB 0 AST
M. Bridges G/F 33 PTS 6 REB 5 AST
28.4 FG% 64.3
21.1 3PT FG% 50.0
69.6 FT% 75.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Bonds 10 4 3 5/11 0/0 0/0 1 27 3 0 2 3 1
I. DuBose 10 6 3 3/12 0/3 4/6 3 33 3 1 1 3 3
D. Caraher 6 7 0 2/10 0/4 2/2 3 27 0 0 3 4 3
E. Hardt 4 2 0 1/5 0/0 2/2 5 13 0 0 3 1 1
W. Gates Jr. 2 0 0 1/6 0/1 0/0 4 18 1 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Bonds 10 4 3 5/11 0/0 0/0 1 27 3 0 2 3 1
I. DuBose 10 6 3 3/12 0/3 4/6 3 33 3 1 1 3 3
D. Caraher 6 7 0 2/10 0/4 2/2 3 27 0 0 3 4 3
E. Hardt 4 2 0 1/5 0/0 2/2 5 13 0 0 3 1 1
W. Gates Jr. 2 0 0 1/6 0/1 0/0 4 18 1 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Gates 17 0 0 5/10 3/6 4/4 1 18 0 0 1 0 0
T. Myles 4 6 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 5 8 0 0 1 3 3
O. Lynch-Daniels 3 0 1 1/4 1/2 0/0 2 15 0 0 2 0 0
P. McKenzie 3 6 1 1/4 0/0 1/3 2 19 0 0 0 3 3
S. O'Suji 2 1 0 0/2 0/0 2/2 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
T. Jordan 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
M. Saladin 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
C. Emili 0 3 0 0/5 0/2 0/0 3 14 0 1 0 2 1
J. Ibarra - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Just - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Spencer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Ali - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 35 9 21/74 4/19 16/23 29 200 7 2 13 20 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bridges 33 6 5 11/14 4/7 7/7 1 29 0 1 1 1 5
N. Ward 20 6 0 9/9 0/0 2/3 2 19 0 4 0 3 3
J. Langford 14 1 3 5/12 2/5 2/3 2 26 1 0 0 0 1
C. Winston 10 3 12 3/5 2/4 2/2 0 24 1 0 4 0 3
J. Jackson Jr. 4 8 0 0/2 0/0 4/5 5 18 0 6 5 2 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bridges 33 6 5 11/14 4/7 7/7 1 29 0 1 1 1 5
N. Ward 20 6 0 9/9 0/0 2/3 2 19 0 4 0 3 3
J. Langford 14 1 3 5/12 2/5 2/3 2 26 1 0 0 0 1
C. Winston 10 3 12 3/5 2/4 2/2 0 24 1 0 4 0 3
J. Jackson Jr. 4 8 0 0/2 0/0 4/5 5 18 0 6 5 2 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. McQuaid 8 5 1 3/5 2/4 0/0 3 17 0 1 0 1 4
X. Tillman 8 3 1 2/4 0/0 4/4 0 7 0 1 1 2 1
G. Schilling 7 7 1 2/2 0/0 3/7 4 16 1 0 2 1 6
K. Goins 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 2 0 0 1
B. Carter 1 0 2 0/1 0/0 1/2 2 7 0 1 0 0 0
L. Nairn Jr. 0 2 5 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 23 1 0 1 0 2
C. George 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
K. Ahrens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hoiberg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 107 42 30 36/56 10/20 25/33 22 198 4 16 14 10 32