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No. 9 Michigan St beats No. 7 Michigan 75-63 for B10 title

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Cassius Winston struggled to make shots for more than a half and his rivals took advantage, controlling a game with a share of the Big Ten title at stake.

When Winston started to finally get shots to drop, though, he took over and there wasn't much anyone could do about it.

Winston made five straight baskets in the second half to lead a stunning surge and finished with 23 points and seven assists, lifting No. 9 Michigan State to a 75-63 victory over No. 7 Michigan on Saturday night.

The Spartans (25-6, 16-4 Big Ten) earned a share of the Big Ten title and top seeding in next week's conference tournament.

''It meant the world after all we've been through to come out on top,'' Winston said.

The crafty, junior point guard has been leading a team missing two of its best players, Nick Ward and Joshua Langford, due to injuries.

The Wolverines (26-5, 15-5) will be seeded third in Chicago after falling to third place behind their rivals and No. 11 Purdue.

''We'll take the lessons we learned from this game, apply them to the Big Ten tournament so that we can win that again,'' Michigan coach John Beilein said. ''If we can't, we'll apply it to the NCAA Tournament.''

Winston was 1 of 8 before making five straight shots in the second half, including a 3-pointer to give Michigan State its first lead midway through the second half.

''Michigan was bothering him in the first half,'' coach Tom Izzo said.

The Spartans pulled away to win a game by double digits after Michigan was in control for more than 20 minutes.

Winston made a layup with 5:58 left to cap a 25-4 run.

''We imploded,'' Beilein said.

Michigan also failed to slow down Winston nearly two weeks ago when he had 27 points and eight assists in Michigan State's 77-70 win .

In the rematch, Winston flipped a game that wasn't going the home team's way.

''It's just a different dynamic when he's on the court,'' Michigan guard Jordan Poole said.

The Spartans trailed by six at halftime and by eight points early in the second half after Michigan's Ignas Brazdeikis made a 3-pointer. The Big Ten freshman of the year candidate fouled out with 20 points.

''Some of the whistles I felt like didn't go our way, and some I disagreed with, but that's basketball,'' Brazdeikis said. ''We let our tempers get to us a little bit.''

Poole scored just five of his 15 points in the second half for the Wolverines, who made just 40 percent of their shots.

Michigan State's Xavier Tillman scored 17 points and blocked five shots. Kenny Goins had nine points and 16 rebounds while fellow senior Matt McQuaid scored nine points and played well defensively in their final home game at Breslin Center, where they kissed the school's logo at midcourt just have seniors have since Shawn Respert did in 1995.

''Shawn started a tradition that now is like no other,'' Izzo said. ''For him and Smitty (Steve Smith) and those guys to come back was cool.''

BIG PICTURE

Michigan: Charles Matthews, who averages 12.8 points, missed his third straight game with an ankle injury.

''I was hoping he would be back,'' Beilein said. ''He just couldn't go. He just doesn't feel right.''

If the shooting guard can use the rest to be ready for the Big Ten and NCAA Tournament, he can give the Wolverines a boost at both ends of the court.

Beilein, though, refused to lament the loss of Matthews because Michigan State is missing Ward along with Langford.

''It's not an excuse,'' he said. ''They could've had Ward in there.''

Michigan State: Izzo won his ninth Big Ten regular-season title despite missing two of his best players, Ward and Langford, due to injuries. Ward might be able to play in the conference tournament and likely can contribute a little at least in the NCAA Tournament.

Izzo pulled within two of matching former Indiana coach Bob Knight for the Big Ten record with 11 titles.

FACES IN THE CROWD

A slew of former Spartans attended the game - including Smith, Shawn Respert and Mateen Cleaves - and they were all raving about Winston.

''This is point guard heaven - Michigan State,'' said Cleaves, who led the school to a second national title in 2000 after Magic Johnson won its first in 1979. ''The legacy continues. We are in good hands.''

UP NEXT

Michigan: The third-seeded team in the Big Ten tournament will play the final game of the conference quarterfinals Friday night.

Michigan State: The first-seeded team will open the conference tournament quarterfinals Friday.

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Key Players
Z. Simpson
3 G
C. Winston
5 G
33.3 Min. Per Game 33.3
18.8 Pts. Per Game 18.8
7.6 Ast. Per Game 7.6
3.0 Reb. Per Game 3.0
42.8 Field Goal % 47.1
28.3 Three Point % 41.3
66.7 Free Throw % 82.6
  Defensive rebound by Conner George 8.0
  Brandon Johns Jr. missed jump shot 10.0
  Out of bounds turnover on Cassius Winston 13.0
  Defensive rebound by Kenny Goins 22.0
  David DeJulius missed jump shot 24.0
+ 1 Aaron Henry made 2nd of 2 free throws 33.0
  Aaron Henry missed 1st of 2 free throws 33.0
  Personal foul on David DeJulius 33.0
  Defensive rebound by Aaron Henry 34.0
  Isaiah Livers missed 3-pt. jump shot 36.0
  Offensive rebound by Michigan 41.0
Team Stats
Points 63 75
Field Goals 25-62 (40.3%) 23-49 (46.9%)
3-Pointers 8-22 (36.4%) 6-22 (27.3%)
Free Throws 5-7 (71.4%) 23-30 (76.7%)
Total Rebounds 20 46
Offensive 3 10
Defensive 15 32
Team 2 4
Assists 10 12
Steals 8 3
Blocks 1 8
Turnovers 5 13
Fouls 20 12
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 4 REB
23 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST
12T
away team logo 7 Michigan 26-5 352863
home team logo 9 Michigan State 25-6 294675
Team Stats
away team logo 7 Michigan 26-5 69.6 PPG 37.9 RPG 13.8 APG
home team logo 9 Michigan State 25-6 77.6 PPG 43.3 RPG 18.3 APG
Key Players
13
I. Brazdeikis F 14.8 PPG 5.4 RPG 0.8 APG 46.2 FG%
5
C. Winston G 18.8 PPG 3.0 RPG 7.5 APG 46.0 FG%
Top Scorers
I. Brazdeikis F 20 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
C. Winston G 23 PTS 4 REB 7 AST
40.3 FG% 46.9
36.4 3PT FG% 27.3
71.4 FT% 76.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Brazdeikis 20 4 0 7/12 3/3 3/4 5 22 0 0 1 0 4
J. Poole 15 1 1 6/15 3/7 0/0 2 38 1 0 0 0 1
J. Teske 8 3 1 3/5 0/2 2/2 3 27 0 1 1 2 1
Z. Simpson 6 3 5 3/13 0/3 0/0 2 35 3 0 2 1 2
I. Livers 5 2 1 2/6 1/4 0/0 2 26 0 0 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Brazdeikis 20 4 0 7/12 3/3 3/4 5 22 0 0 1 0 4
J. Poole 15 1 1 6/15 3/7 0/0 2 38 1 0 0 0 1
J. Teske 8 3 1 3/5 0/2 2/2 3 27 0 1 1 2 1
Z. Simpson 6 3 5 3/13 0/3 0/0 2 35 3 0 2 1 2
I. Livers 5 2 1 2/6 1/4 0/0 2 26 0 0 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Brooks 5 3 0 2/4 1/1 0/0 0 21 2 0 0 0 3
C. Castleton 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 9 1 0 0 0 1
D. DeJulius 2 1 2 1/5 0/1 0/1 1 7 1 0 0 0 1
A. Davis 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Johns Jr. 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 3 13 0 0 1 0 0
A. Nunez 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Matthews - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Faulds - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Baird - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Ozuna-Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 63 18 10 25/62 8/22 5/7 20 200 8 1 5 3 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Winston 23 4 7 7/17 1/6 8/9 3 32 0 0 5 0 4
X. Tillman 17 6 1 4/5 0/0 9/12 2 33 2 5 3 3 3
K. Goins 9 16 1 3/6 3/6 0/0 1 39 0 2 2 3 13
M. McQuaid 9 3 0 3/9 1/6 2/3 0 35 0 0 2 1 2
A. Henry 9 8 2 3/7 1/2 2/4 3 31 0 1 0 3 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Winston 23 4 7 7/17 1/6 8/9 3 32 0 0 5 0 4
X. Tillman 17 6 1 4/5 0/0 9/12 2 33 2 5 3 3 3
K. Goins 9 16 1 3/6 3/6 0/0 1 39 0 2 2 3 13
M. McQuaid 9 3 0 3/9 1/6 2/3 0 35 0 0 2 1 2
A. Henry 9 8 2 3/7 1/2 2/4 3 31 0 1 0 3 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Ahrens 4 4 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 0 15 0 0 0 0 4
T. Kithier 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 8 1 0 1 0 0
F. Loyer 2 0 1 0/1 0/1 2/2 2 7 0 0 0 0 0
C. George - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Burke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Langford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Ward - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hoiberg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bingham Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 42 12 23/49 6/22 23/30 12 200 3 8 13 10 32