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No. 2 Michigan St wins 11th straight, tops Long Beach 102-60

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Miles Bridges attracts a lot of attention on offense, drawing eyes as one of the top players in college basketball.

He's only one of many Michigan State players defenses have to try to stop.

Bridges had 17 points and nine rebounds as part of a balanced offense that gave the second-ranked Spartans a 102-60 victory over Long Beach State on Thursday night.

''Everybody is starting to get comfortable in their roles,'' said Joshua Langford, who also had 17 points. ''This team is getting in a great rhythm.''

Michigan State's Nick Ward scored 16, Cassius Winston had 13 points and eight assists and Jaren Jackson added 13 points.

''You have to pick your poison,'' 49ers coach Dan Monson said. ''You have to hope they have a bad shooting night. That's why we zoned so much. It's just so hard to match up man for man. That balance is impressive and you couple that with sharing the basketball.''

Michigan State (12-1) has won 11 straight with all the victories by double digits and many by 20-plus points.

''I need to keep hammering on the mistakes we're making,'' coach Tom Izzo said.

The 49ers (5-9) trailed by just five points midway through the first half before Michigan State pulled away. The Spartans led by 16 points at halftime and dominated at both ends of the court to quickly turn the game into another rout.

''They pretty much carved us up,'' Monson said.

Long Beach State's only double-digit scorer was Gabe Levin, who had 14 points.

BIG PICTURE

Long Beach State: With wins over Stanford and Oregon State, the 49ers should feel good about their season so far. They can't be happy, though, to have almost twice as many losses as victories.

Michigan State: The Spartans' starters are all averaging in double figures, creating matchup problems for defense inside and out.

''They're as good as they've been,'' said Monson, who previously faced the Spartans when he coached at Minnesota and Gonzaga.

TORRID PACE

Ward was 7 of 8, coming off a 9-for-9 shooting performance, and might have went two straight games without a miss if Bridges didn't pass him the ball for a tough shot in the closing seconds of the first half. He has made 68.6 percent of his shots this season. Michigan State's season shooting record was set by Ron Charles during 1979-80 when he made 67.6 percent of his shots.

''I didn't know that stat existed,'' Ward said.

ON THE MEND

The 49ers were without Bryan Alberts, their second-leading scorer. The Gonzaga transfer averaged 21 points in his previous three games before knee swelling led to surgery on Thursday.

''We're optimistic we can get him back in next 10 days or so,'' Monson said.

TOO MANY TURNOVERS

Michigan State's weakness may be unforced turnovers. The Spartans gave up the ball 12 times against Long Beach State.

''That's more of a mental thing,'' Langford said.

NEXT UP

Long Beach State: Plays at Colorado State on Saturday night.

Michigan State: Gets to rest for more than a week before hosting Cleveland State on Dec. 29.

''It's really good that we get a break,'' Izzo said. ''We need it mentally and physically, coaches even need one.''

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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 Gavin Schilling 1.0
  Edon Maxhuni missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
+ 2 Conner George made driving layup, assist by Gavin Schilling 29.0
  Lost ball turnover on Jordan Roberts, stolen by Xavier Tillman 36.0
  Defensive rebound by LaRond Williams 52.0
  Conner George missed 3-pt. jump shot 54.0
+ 1 Jordan Roberts made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:05
  Jordan Roberts missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:06
  Personal foul on Matt McQuaid 1:05
  Offensive rebound by Jordan Roberts 1:05
  KJ Byers missed jump shot 1:07
Team Stats
Points 60 102
Field Goals 24-59 (40.7%) 39-64 (60.9%)
3-Pointers 4-14 (28.6%) 13-29 (44.8%)
Free Throws 8-11 (72.7%) 11-13 (84.6%)
Total Rebounds 25 37
Offensive 9 12
Defensive 13 23
Team 3 2
Assists 15 28
Steals 4 9
Blocks 1 10
Turnovers 16 11
Fouls 16 15
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
17 PTS, 9 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo LBSU 5-9 322860
home team logo 2 Michigan St. 12-1 4854102
Team Stats
away team logo LBSU 5-9 74.9 PPG 40.6 RPG 11.7 APG
home team logo 2 Michigan St. 12-1 77.6 PPG 43.3 RPG 18.3 APG
Key Players
00
G. Levin F PPG RPG APG FG%
1
J. Langford G 15.0 PPG 3.6 RPG 2.3 APG 44.3 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Levin F 14 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
J. Langford G 17 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
40.7 FG% 60.9
28.6 3PT FG% 44.8
72.7 FT% 84.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Levin 14 5 2 7/19 0/1 0/0 1 30 1 0 5 2 3
E. Maxhuni 7 1 1 3/9 1/6 0/0 1 22 0 0 1 0 1
L. Williams 6 4 1 3/6 0/0 0/0 4 17 0 0 2 1 3
B. Ogalue 4 0 1 1/4 0/0 2/2 0 18 1 0 2 0 0
M. Riggins 2 5 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 24 0 0 0 4 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Levin 14 5 2 7/19 0/1 0/0 1 30 1 0 5 2 3
E. Maxhuni 7 1 1 3/9 1/6 0/0 1 22 0 0 1 0 1
L. Williams 6 4 1 3/6 0/0 0/0 4 17 0 0 2 1 3
B. Ogalue 4 0 1 1/4 0/0 2/2 0 18 1 0 2 0 0
M. Riggins 2 5 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 24 0 0 0 4 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Yussuf 7 0 1 3/7 0/0 1/2 5 12 0 0 3 0 0
J. Griffin 6 1 1 2/3 2/3 0/0 0 16 0 0 0 0 1
D. Booker 5 2 3 2/4 1/3 0/0 2 24 1 0 1 0 2
K. Byers 5 2 1 2/6 0/1 1/1 1 22 1 1 1 1 1
J. Roberts 4 2 2 0/0 0/0 4/6 0 12 0 0 1 1 1
Q. Shropshire 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
B. Alberts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Gardner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Richard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Apic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 22 15 24/59 4/14 8/11 16 200 4 1 16 9 13
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bridges 17 9 1 7/14 1/6 2/2 0 31 1 0 0 3 6
J. Langford 17 2 1 6/9 4/5 1/2 2 20 1 0 2 0 2
N. Ward 16 6 0 7/8 0/0 2/2 0 19 0 3 2 2 4
C. Winston 13 1 8 5/9 2/6 1/1 4 24 0 0 2 0 1
J. Jackson Jr. 13 6 3 3/7 3/6 4/4 1 26 3 4 0 2 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bridges 17 9 1 7/14 1/6 2/2 0 31 1 0 0 3 6
J. Langford 17 2 1 6/9 4/5 1/2 2 20 1 0 2 0 2
N. Ward 16 6 0 7/8 0/0 2/2 0 19 0 3 2 2 4
C. Winston 13 1 8 5/9 2/6 1/1 4 24 0 0 2 0 1
J. Jackson Jr. 13 6 3 3/7 3/6 4/4 1 26 3 4 0 2 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. McQuaid 9 2 3 3/7 3/5 0/0 2 20 0 0 0 2 0
G. Schilling 7 6 1 3/3 0/0 1/2 2 12 0 3 1 2 4
L. Nairn Jr. 4 0 6 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 21 1 0 3 0 0
X. Tillman 4 1 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 11 3 0 0 0 1
C. George 2 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
B. Carter 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
K. Goins 0 2 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 0 1 1 1
K. Ahrens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hoiberg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 102 35 28 39/64 13/29 11/13 15 200 9 10 11 12 23