LARRY LAGE, AP Sports activities Author
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges was having a mediocre recreation by his standings when Michigan State coach Tom Izzo put him again in a intently contested recreation late within the first half.
It didn’t take lengthy for the freshman standout to take the sport over.
Bridges scored 9 factors throughout a decisive run and completed with 20, main the Spartans in an 88-seventy two win over Nebraska on Thursday night time.
“My teammates obtained me the ball in all the best locations,” he stated.
One time, Cassius Winston put the ball about eleven ft within the air to arrange Bridges for a spectacular slam.
Bridges made two layups, a dunk on Winston’s cross off the backboard and a three-pointer in a 2:12 stretch late within the first half as a part of a 21-5 run that turned a intently contested recreation right into a rout. Winston ended the surge with a three-pointer from about forty ft simply earlier than the buzzer within the first half.
“I’d skip that one on tape,” Cornhuskers coach Tim Miles stated.
Nick Ward had 20 factors, giving Michigan State two freshmen with 20-plus factors in a recreation for the primary time because the 1977-seventy eight season when Magic Johnson scored 31 and Jay Vincent had 22 factors.
Joshua Langford scored a profession-excessive 17 factors because the Spartans (17-eleven, 9-6 Huge Ten ) bounced again from a 17-level setback at No. 14 Purdue and the lack of senior Eron Harris with a dominant efficiency in a recreation they wanted to win.
Michigan State boosted its probabilities of incomes a twentieth straight invite to the NCAA event with its fifth victory in seven video games and moved right into a fourth-place tie with Minnesota and Northwestern within the convention .
“Really feel snug? Overlook about it,” Izzo stated. “That’s not going to occur this yr.”
The Cornhuskers (12-15, 6-9) have been coming off two straight wins and fell right into a ninth-place tie with Illinois and Penn State within the Huge Ten.
Nebraska’s Tai Webster had 19 factors and 10 rebounds and Evan Taylor scored 10 factors.
The Spartans led forty nine-31 at halftime and coasted to a different lopsided win over the Cornhuskers, who have been trailing by simply two factors earlier than Bridges and the Spartans took over the sport for good.
Nebraska: The Cornhuskers merely haven’t been capable of repeat the success that they had initially of the Huge Ten season. They opened with street wins towards Indiana and Maryland as a part of a three-zero begin, then misplaced 5 straight and have misplaced 9 of their final 12. Through the slide, they combined in a win over then-No. 20 Purdue.