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Ward and Bridges help No. 2 Michigan State rout Savannah St

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is ready for everything that comes with a No. 1 ranking after his second-ranked Spartans rolled past Savannah State 108-52 on Sunday.

With top-ranked Villanova and No. 3 Arizona losing on Saturday, the Spartans are poised to move into the top spot for the first time since the 2015-16 season when this week's Associated Press poll is released Monday.

''Any time we can be ranked No. 1 is a good thing,'' Izzo said after MSU (14-1) overcame some early difficulty and finished the game on a 32-0 run. ''I also think there are five or six teams that could be No. 1.''

Nick Ward had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Michigan State, while Miles Bridges added 19 points and a career-high 21 rebounds for the Spartans, who had six players in double figures.

They won their 13th in a row and scored 100 points in four consecutive games for the first time in school history.

The Tigers (3-12), which led the nation in 3-point attempts going into the game, made good use of them in the first half. They hit seven in the first 10:05 of the first half en route to taking a 23-22 lead.

''We were playing their game,'' said Bridges, whose team committed 10 turnovers in that span and just seven the rest of the way. ''We started playing our game in the second half.''

Cassius Winston had 16 points and a career-high 13 assists for the Spartans.

Savannah State lost for the eighth time in nine games, the last six in a row. The Tigers were led by Dexter McClanahan, who had 14 points.

LONG VIEW:

Savannah State: Sunday's game was the fifth of seven consecutive road games for the Tigers, who have faced six teams ranked in the AP Top 25 this season.

Michigan State: The Spartans, 2-0 in the Big Ten, begin a stretch where they play four of the next five conference games at home.

UP NEXT

Savannah State: At Coppin State on Saturday

Michigan State: Vs. Maryland at home Thursday

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Key Players
Z. Sellers
3 G
C. Winston
5 G
26.2 Min. Per Game 26.2
12.9 Pts. Per Game 12.9
6.7 Ast. Per Game 6.7
3.4 Reb. Per Game 3.4
40.7 Field Goal % 57.5
35.5 Three Point % 56.9
75.0 Free Throw % 87.5
  Defensive rebound by Conner George 19.0
  Chris DuBose missed jump shot 21.0
+ 3 Matt McQuaid made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lourawls Nairn Jr. 33.0
  Defensive rebound by Xavier Tillman 47.0
  Isaiah Felder missed 3-pt. jump shot 47.0
+ 2 Kenny Goins made dunk 53.0
  Offensive rebound by Kenny Goins 54.0
  Matt McQuaid missed 3-pt. jump shot 54.0
  Defensive rebound by Conner George 1:02
  Chris DuBose missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:04
  Offensive rebound by Jahir Cabeza 1:09
Team Stats
Points 52 108
Field Goals 18-69 (26.1%) 44-70 (62.9%)
3-Pointers 10-42 (23.8%) 8-22 (36.4%)
Free Throws 6-11 (54.5%) 12-22 (54.5%)
Total Rebounds 28 57
Offensive 6 14
Defensive 17 43
Team 5 0
Assists 13 35
Steals 9 6
Blocks 3 7
Turnovers 17 17
Fouls 24 14
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
21 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Savannah State 3-12 381452
home team logo 2 Michigan State 14-1 5157108
Team Stats
away team logo Savannah State 3-12 76.1 PPG 42.4 RPG 14.9 APG
home team logo 2 Michigan State 14-1 77.6 PPG 43.3 RPG 18.3 APG
Key Players
00
D. McClanahan G PPG RPG APG FG%
44
N. Ward F 12.9 PPG 6.1 RPG 0.7 APG 58.0 FG%
Top Scorers
D. McClanahan G 14 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
N. Ward F 21 PTS 10 REB 1 AST
26.1 FG% 62.9
23.8 3PT FG% 36.4
54.5 FT% 54.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. McClanahan 14 3 1 5/10 2/4 2/4 1 30 2 0 2 0 3
Z. Sellers 8 4 3 3/6 2/4 0/0 4 21 1 1 1 0 4
M. Glenn 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 5 9 0 0 0 1 0
J. Jenkins 0 3 0 0/9 0/6 0/0 2 23 1 0 2 2 1
A. Dasent 0 1 2 0/9 0/6 0/0 2 17 2 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. McClanahan 14 3 1 5/10 2/4 2/4 1 30 2 0 2 0 3
Z. Sellers 8 4 3 3/6 2/4 0/0 4 21 1 1 1 0 4
M. Glenn 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 5 9 0 0 0 1 0
J. Jenkins 0 3 0 0/9 0/6 0/0 2 23 1 0 2 2 1
A. Dasent 0 1 2 0/9 0/6 0/0 2 17 2 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Evans 8 0 2 2/2 2/2 2/2 0 9 0 0 1 0 0
A. Fenner 7 4 3 2/9 1/5 2/3 2 24 1 0 2 1 3
J. Grant Jr. 6 1 0 2/6 2/6 0/2 0 17 0 0 2 0 1
C. DuBose 3 0 0 1/5 1/4 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
J. Cabeza 2 4 2 1/4 0/2 0/0 4 16 1 1 2 1 3
R. Orizu 2 2 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 4 18 0 1 2 1 1
I. Felder 0 0 0 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 8 1 0 1 0 0
K. Pinkett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Christopher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 52 23 13 18/69 10/42 6/11 24 200 9 3 17 6 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Ward 21 10 1 9/9 0/0 3/8 1 19 0 2 2 3 7
M. Bridges 19 21 4 9/17 1/6 0/1 1 31 0 0 2 2 19
C. Winston 16 3 13 6/8 2/3 2/2 1 27 3 0 5 0 3
J. Langford 11 4 2 5/13 0/3 1/1 3 30 0 1 1 2 2
J. Jackson Jr. 10 2 2 3/3 1/1 3/6 2 27 1 2 3 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Ward 21 10 1 9/9 0/0 3/8 1 19 0 2 2 3 7
M. Bridges 19 21 4 9/17 1/6 0/1 1 31 0 0 2 2 19
C. Winston 16 3 13 6/8 2/3 2/2 1 27 3 0 5 0 3
J. Langford 11 4 2 5/13 0/3 1/1 3 30 0 1 1 2 2
J. Jackson Jr. 10 2 2 3/3 1/1 3/6 2 27 1 2 3 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. McQuaid 14 2 4 5/8 4/7 0/0 3 17 0 0 2 1 1
G. Schilling 9 6 2 3/5 0/0 3/4 0 12 2 1 0 4 2
L. Nairn Jr. 4 2 5 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 19 0 0 1 0 2
K. Goins 2 1 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 10 0 0 0 1 0
X. Tillman 2 3 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 1 1 0 3
C. George 0 3 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
B. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Ahrens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hoiberg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 57 35 44/70 8/22 12/22 14 200 6 7 17 14 43