Staunch ‘D,’ clutch McQuaid 3 carries MSU in win
Bloomington, Ind. – Nothing has come easy on the road for Michigan State, and that was the case once again at Indiana on Saturday night.
Thanks to some outstanding defense in the first half and a timely 3-pointer from Matt McQuaid, No. 5 Michigan State made enough plays down the stretch to beat Indiana, 63-60, at a packed Assembly Hall for its sixth straight victory.
BOX SCORE: Michigan State 73, Indiana 70
McQuaid scored 12 points to lead the Spartans (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten), who matched the best 25-game start in program history. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Joshua Langford added 10 points apiece while Miles Bridges was limited to seven points and eight rebounds on 3-for-7 shooting.
Juwan Morgan scored 23 for Indiana (12-12, 5-7) as the Hoosiers outrebounded the Spartans, 53-29, while grabbing 25 offensive rebounds.
Indiana was just 6-for-35 shooting in the first half as Michigan State finished with 13 blocks.
Michigan State’s defense was the story in the first half as Indiana made just two of its first 22 shots as the Spartans opened up an 11-point lead midway through the half.
However, the Hoosiers also had 15 offensive rebounds in the half and chipped away at the Spartans’ lead, cutting it to 23-20 with 3:15 to play after a 7-1 run. Michigan State answered with a Langford jumper, three Cassius Winston free throws and a Bridges layup.
A lob from Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. to Jackson with 10 seconds left gave Michigan State a 32-24 lead headed to the locker room.
The Hoosiers continued to hit the offensive glass in the second half, but that didn’t keep the Spartans from maintaining a solid working lead, pushing the advantage to 51-41 after a 3-pointer from Langford with 12:03 to play.
Indiana pulled within 53-46 after a jumper from Devonte Green with 8:47 left. Morgan then scored on a layup and after a Langford triple, Freddie McSwain Jr. was left alone of a slip screen for a dunk to cut the Michigan State lead to 56-50 with 6:56 left in the game.
After a Nick Ward layup, Indiana got a jumper from Green and a layup in the post from Morgan to pull within 58-54, and after Winston got swatted in the lane, Morgan hit a pair of free throws to cut the Michigan State lead to 58-56 with 3:10 to play.
Morgan split two free throws to make it a one-point game and McSwain missed a pair as MSU clung to a one-point lead.
But McQuaid answered with his third 3-pointer to give Michigan State a 61-57 lead with 1:03 to play and the Spartans got two big stops in the final minute to put the game away.