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No. 2 Michigan St. rallies from 27 down, beats Northwestern

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had a simple request after his team staged one of the biggest rallies in NCAA history: Try not to make it a 28-point comeback next time.

Cassius Winston scored 17 points, and the second-ranked Spartans rallied from 27 down on Saturday to beat Northwestern 65-60 and extend its winning streak to 10 games.

Nick Ward added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Miles Bridges hit four free throws in the final minute, and the Spartans (26-3, 14-2 Big Ten) used a huge second half to pull out the win when they looked like they were headed to a stunning blowout loss.

Michigan State was down 22 at the break after trailing by as much as 27. Duke holds the record for the largest halftime deficit overcome in a victory, rallying from 29 down to beat Tulane on Dec. 30, 1950.

''There can't be a much better comeback,'' Izzo said. ''I told my team after, we're setting some new records at Michigan State - best start, best this, best that. And this might be the greatest comeback. The other records, I appreciate. This one, I really don't. ... I hope they don't try to go 28 next game.''

Vic Law cooled off after a blistering start to finish with 21 points, and Northwestern (15-13, 6-9) made just 3 of 26 field goals in the second half.

''I'm just disappointed for the guys,'' coach Chris Collins said. ''I thought our effort was worthy of winning. I thought we did a lot of good things and we just came up short.''

The Wildcats gave themselves a great chance at their first win over a Top 5 team since 1979 even though star guard Bryant McIntosh sat out with a shoulder injury.

They were up 49-27 after a stunning first half that had fans chanting ''Overrated!'' But the Spartans - tied for the Big Ten lead coming into the game - sure did turn it around after halftime.

''Honestly, when we were in the locker room, we were ready,'' Winston said.

CHARGING BACK

The Spartans outscored Northwestern 29-4 over the first 14 1/2 minutes after the break, tying it on Nick Ward's tip-in and taking their first lead of the game at 56-53 on Jaren Jackson's three-point play with 5:26 remaining.

The Wildcats went more than 11 minutes without scoring before Dererk Pardon hit two free throws with just over five minutes left.

With the Spartans clinging to a two-point lead in the final minute, Bridges hit two free throws and Winston added two more to make it 63-57. Law nailed a 3 for Northwestern to make it a three-point game with 11.4 seconds remaining, but Bridges hit two more foul shots.

QUOTABLE

''We needed the win - don't get me wrong - but they deserved to win. They outplayed us for two-thirds of that game in every fashion - offensively, defensively. They got every loose ball. It was the Northwestern I'm sure we all thought we'd see this year.'' - Izzo.

BIG PICTURE

Michigan State: With their two remaining games against bottom-five Big Ten teams - last-place Illinois and Wisconsin - the Spartans are in good position to finish first in the conference. They also appear poised to make a long NCAA Tournament run, with an eighth Final Four appearance and second national championship under Izzo a possibility, even though they're playing against a backdrop of the scandal involving former campus sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted of child pornography and sexual assault after abusing athletes in his care.

Northwestern: This might be the most disappointing loss in a letdown of a season for the Wildcats after their first NCAA Tournament appearance.

UP NEXT

Michigan State: The Spartans host Illinois in their final home game on Tuesday.

Northwestern: The Wildcats play Maryland on Monday in the second of three consecutive home games.

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Key Players
C. Winston
5 G
B. McIntosh
30 G
31.8 Min. Per Game 31.8
12.1 Pts. Per Game 12.1
5.2 Ast. Per Game 5.2
2.5 Reb. Per Game 2.5
52.5 Field Goal % 38.7
53.9 Three Point % 33.6
87.3 Free Throw % 86.0
  Offensive rebound by Dererk Pardon 1.0
  Aaron Falzon missed 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
+ 1 Miles Bridges made 2nd of 2 free throws 8.0
+ 1 Miles Bridges made 1st of 2 free throws 8.0
  Personal foul on Anthony Gaines 8.0
+ 3 Vic Law made 3-pt. jump shot 12.0
+ 1 Cassius Winston made 2nd of 2 free throws 25.0
+ 1 Cassius Winston made 1st of 2 free throws 25.0
  Personal foul on Vic Law 25.0
  Defensive rebound by Cassius Winston 30.0
  Vic Law missed layup 32.0
Team Stats
Points 65 60
Field Goals 20-46 (43.5%) 21-56 (37.5%)
3-Pointers 8-18 (44.4%) 9-23 (39.1%)
Free Throws 17-21 (81.0%) 9-10 (90.0%)
Total Rebounds 35 26
Offensive 6 8
Defensive 25 18
Team 4 0
Assists 16 14
Steals 3 4
Blocks 0 2
Turnovers 11 6
Fouls 16 22
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 9 REB, 7 AST
21 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo 2 Michigan State 26-3 273865
home team logo Northwestern 15-13 491160
Team Stats
away team logo 2 Michigan State 26-3 84.7 PPG 46.9 RPG 20.6 APG
home team logo Northwestern 15-13 70.4 PPG 36.8 RPG 15.3 APG
Key Players
5
C. Winston G 18.2 PPG 2.4 RPG 7.3 APG 49.5 FG%
4
V. Law F 16.6 PPG 6.5 RPG 2.9 APG 42.2 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Winston G 17 PTS 9 REB 7 AST
V. Law F 21 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
43.5 FG% 37.5
44.4 3PT FG% 39.1
81.0 FT% 90.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Winston 17 9 7 5/8 4/6 3/4 2 34 1 0 2 0 9
N. Ward 15 10 1 3/8 0/0 9/11 3 27 0 0 1 5 5
J. Jackson Jr. 11 0 0 5/9 0/1 1/2 3 14 0 0 1 0 0
M. Bridges 8 3 0 2/6 0/3 4/4 4 23 0 0 4 0 3
J. Langford 8 4 5 3/10 2/4 0/0 1 38 0 0 1 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Winston 17 9 7 5/8 4/6 3/4 2 34 1 0 2 0 9
N. Ward 15 10 1 3/8 0/0 9/11 3 27 0 0 1 5 5
J. Jackson Jr. 11 0 0 5/9 0/1 1/2 3 14 0 0 1 0 0
M. Bridges 8 3 0 2/6 0/3 4/4 4 23 0 0 4 0 3
J. Langford 8 4 5 3/10 2/4 0/0 1 38 0 0 1 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. McQuaid 6 0 0 2/4 2/4 0/0 0 26 1 0 0 0 0
B. Carter 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
G. Schilling 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
K. Goins 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 23 1 0 1 0 3
L. Nairn Jr. 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
X. Tillman 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 1 0 2
K. Ahrens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. George - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hoiberg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 65 31 16 20/46 8/18 17/21 16 200 3 0 11 6 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Law 21 3 5 7/17 5/11 2/2 2 40 1 1 3 0 3
G. Skelly 11 2 0 3/8 2/4 3/3 5 23 0 1 0 0 2
A. Gaines 10 5 4 4/9 0/0 2/2 3 37 0 0 0 3 2
D. Pardon 8 6 1 3/4 0/0 2/3 4 24 2 0 1 4 2
S. Lindsey 6 5 2 2/7 2/5 0/0 2 31 1 0 1 0 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Law 21 3 5 7/17 5/11 2/2 2 40 1 1 3 0 3
G. Skelly 11 2 0 3/8 2/4 3/3 5 23 0 1 0 0 2
A. Gaines 10 5 4 4/9 0/0 2/2 3 37 0 0 0 3 2
D. Pardon 8 6 1 3/4 0/0 2/3 4 24 2 0 1 4 2
S. Lindsey 6 5 2 2/7 2/5 0/0 2 31 1 0 1 0 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Brown 4 2 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 2 12 0 0 1 1 1
A. Falzon 0 3 0 0/5 0/3 0/0 0 20 0 0 0 0 3
B. Benson 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 13 0 0 0 0 0
B. McIntosh - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ash - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Hall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Malnati - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 26 14 21/56 9/23 9/10 22 200 4 2 6 8 18