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No. 5 Michigan State rallies and beats Penn State 76-68

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tom Izzo sat Cassius Winston at the beginning of the second half, benching his point guard to send a message.

It seemed to work.

Miles Bridges had 23 points and Winston scored 12 of his 15 points after halftime and finished with 10 assists, helping No. 5 Michigan State come back from a double-digit deficit to beat Penn State 76-68 on Wednesday night.

The Spartans (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) rallied to win after trailing by 12 with 15:23 left after coming back from 13-point deficit to win their previous game at Maryland.

''We've got to figure out a way to bring it from the beginning,'' said Winston, adding Izzo's move motivated him to play with more intensity.

Winston, who was replaced by Tum Tum Nairn at the start of the second half, made a go-ahead layup midway through the second half and Matt McQuaid made back to back 3s after not taking a shot for nearly 30 minutes.

''What breaks your back are the McQuaid 3s,'' Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. ''You don't really count on him coming off the bench. I know he's only averaging a few points.''

The Nittany Lions (15-9, 5-6) had won two straight, including a buzzer-beater at Ohio State, and didn't give up their winning streak easily after trailing by as much as 15 points. They went on an 11-2 run to pull within six points with 37 seconds left after Tony Carr made consecutive 3-pointers in 6 seconds. Carr just missed a 3-pointer with 19 seconds.

''We played really good basketball for a long time,'' Chambers said. ''We got into foul trouble. ... I'd like to see our five versus their five for a longer time. I think Michigan State knows we're a pretty good basketball team and we'd fight.''

Joshua Langford made two free throws to seal the victory and finished with 14 points.

Carr scored 28, giving him at least 25 points for the seventh time this season.

''One of the best players on the floor, for sure,'' Chambers said.

QUIET NIGHT

Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson is projected to be one of the top picks in the NBA draft this summer, but foul trouble is limiting his production in college. Jackson was held to two points, ending an 11-game streak in double digits. He played just seven minutes in the first half because he had two fouls and picked up his third foul 1:06 into the second half, leading to him playing just 12 minutes.

BIG PICTURE

Penn State: Carr is showing he can make shots all over the court no matter who he's facing, but the Nittany Lions have to give him more help. Lamar Stevens, who had 18 points, was his only teammate in double figures. Entering the game, the Nittany Lions had five players averaging at least 10 points a game.

''We've got to get Shep (Garner) more shots,'' Chambers said. ''I was trying to, but they played very good defense on him.''

Carr had 28 points in last week's win at Ohio State and is averaging 19-plus points a game even though every team is trying to slow him down.

Michigan State: The crisis on campus related to Larry Nassar and an ESPN report isn't going away and the Spartans know it. Izzo wore a teal ribbon on the left lapel of his suit and his players wore the same ribbon over their hearts on their pullovers, honoring survivors of sexual violence.

''Wearing the ribbon was our way to reaching out to them,'' Izzo said .

Nassar, a former doctor at the school, has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexually abusing young girls and women. ESPN has detailed various allegations involving Michigan State football and basketball players, putting Izzo in awkward situations during postgame news conferences.

''I will cooperate with the investigation and I always have with any investigation,'' he said, repeating a scripted statement he has said after recent games. ''I think there will be a time when I'll be able to speak, but it isn't right now. There's too many things going on with the survivors and everything. I'm just going to stick to my guns and tell you that I still have great support for the survivors, but I'm just not going to have any comment on this whole situation.''

UP NEXT

Penn State: Hosts Iowa on Saturday night.

Michigan State: Plays at Indiana on Saturday night, one of five road games in a seven-game stretch to close the regular season.

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Key Players
T. Carr
10 G
M. Bridges
22 G/F
30.6 Min. Per Game 30.6
17.6 Pts. Per Game 17.6
3.0 Ast. Per Game 3.0
7.3 Reb. Per Game 7.3
41.4 Field Goal % 48.1
45.0 Three Point % 36.6
83.5 Free Throw % 91.4
  Defensive rebound by Michigan State 8.0
  Tony Carr missed 3-pt. jump shot 10.0
+ 1 Joshua Langford made 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
+ 1 Joshua Langford made 1st of 2 free throws 15.0
  Personal foul on Lamar Stevens 15.0
  Defensive rebound by Joshua Langford 17.0
  Tony Carr missed 3-pt. jump shot 19.0
  Bad pass turnover on Lourawls Nairn Jr., stolen by Shep Garner 23.0
+ 2 Lamar Stevens made dunk, assist by Tony Carr 24.0
+ 1 Cassius Winston made 2nd of 2 free throws 35.0
+ 1 Cassius Winston made 1st of 2 free throws 35.0
Team Stats
Points 68 76
Field Goals 26-69 (37.7%) 24-48 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 7-24 (29.2%) 8-17 (47.1%)
Free Throws 9-11 (81.8%) 20-25 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 29 40
Offensive 8 4
Defensive 20 34
Team 1 2
Assists 13 18
Steals 10 5
Blocks 3 7
Turnovers 8 15
Fouls 21 14
Technicals 0 1
28 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST
23 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Penn State 15-9 303868
home team logo 5 Michigan State 21-3 245276
Team Stats
away team logo Penn State 15-9 69.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.2 APG
home team logo 5 Michigan State 21-3 77.6 PPG 43.3 RPG 18.3 APG
Key Players
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T. Carr G PPG RPG APG FG%
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M. Bridges G/F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Carr G 28 PTS 6 REB 7 AST
M. Bridges G/F 23 PTS 9 REB 2 AST
37.7 FG% 50.0
29.2 3PT FG% 47.1
81.8 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Carr 28 6 7 9/24 4/10 6/6 2 38 0 1 3 1 5
L. Stevens 18 4 1 7/19 1/4 3/4 5 35 1 0 1 1 3
M. Watkins 8 5 1 4/6 0/0 0/0 4 20 1 0 1 2 3
S. Garner 6 2 0 2/4 2/4 0/0 1 31 2 0 1 0 2
J. Reaves 6 7 2 3/11 0/5 0/0 4 34 5 0 1 2 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Carr 28 6 7 9/24 4/10 6/6 2 38 0 1 3 1 5
L. Stevens 18 4 1 7/19 1/4 3/4 5 35 1 0 1 1 3
M. Watkins 8 5 1 4/6 0/0 0/0 4 20 1 0 1 2 3
S. Garner 6 2 0 2/4 2/4 0/0 1 31 2 0 1 0 2
J. Reaves 6 7 2 3/11 0/5 0/0 4 34 5 0 1 2 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Moore 2 2 1 1/2 0/0 0/1 2 17 1 1 0 1 1
D. Zemgulis 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
N. Bostick 0 2 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 18 0 1 1 1 1
J. Harrar 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
J. Wheeler - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Pierce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hazle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Buttrick - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Nussbaum - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 28 13 26/69 7/24 9/11 21 200 10 3 8 8 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bridges 23 9 2 7/16 3/7 6/6 2 37 2 0 2 1 8
C. Winston 15 1 10 5/7 1/2 4/4 1 30 1 0 3 0 1
J. Langford 14 4 2 4/12 2/4 4/4 2 29 0 0 1 0 4
N. Ward 6 9 1 1/3 0/0 4/7 2 21 1 1 4 0 9
J. Jackson Jr. 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 4 12 0 3 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bridges 23 9 2 7/16 3/7 6/6 2 37 2 0 2 1 8
C. Winston 15 1 10 5/7 1/2 4/4 1 30 1 0 3 0 1
J. Langford 14 4 2 4/12 2/4 4/4 2 29 0 0 1 0 4
N. Ward 6 9 1 1/3 0/0 4/7 2 21 1 1 4 0 9
J. Jackson Jr. 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 4 12 0 3 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. McQuaid 6 3 2 2/2 2/2 0/0 3 22 1 0 0 1 2
L. Nairn Jr. 4 0 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 13 0 0 2 0 0
K. Goins 3 5 1 1/2 0/1 1/2 0 21 0 2 1 1 4
G. Schilling 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 1 0 2
X. Tillman 1 3 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 9 0 1 0 1 2
B. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Ahrens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. George - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hoiberg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 38 18 24/48 8/17 20/25 14 200 5 7 15 4 34