Michigan State basketball coasted to a 76-45 victory over Northwestern in front of an Evansville crowd packed with Spartan fans.
In the first half, Michigan State’s early turnover troubles were hidden by a hot 8-12 start from the 3-point line, paired along with some solid defense. The Wildcat’s 7-31 shooting from the field in the first did not exactly hurt the Spartans either.
The Spartans carried a 12 point lead in the second half and never looked back. The offense was clicking so well that it seemed like nearly every time the Spartans took the ball down the court, they were getting a quality look.
Denzel Valentine once again led the Spartans effort, posting an efficient 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the contest. While his shots were falling down all game, he did not handle the ball particularly well, turning it over six times.
- Matt Costello picked up two fouls early and only managed to play four minutes in the first half. Izzo used a combination of Davis, Goins and Schilling to make up for his absence.
- Deyonta Davis made his 8 points and 11 rebounds look effortless.
- Denzel Valentine could not miss from long distance in first half. He was 4-5 from the 3-point line with his only miss was coming on a half court heave.
- Matt McQuaid registered a career-high 17 points. This was a bit of a breakout game for McQuaid, who was suffering from a bit of a freshman year slump prior to tonight.
- The Spartans dominated the boards early and often, finishing with a 43-31 advantage in their favor.
- It surprisingly took the Spartans until late in the 2nd half to get their first free throw attempt. The Spartans finished 3-3 from the charity stripe.
- The Spartans finished with 16 3-pointers in the game. Only 1 shy of the record set against Purdue in 2014.
- In the Maryland game Izzo used a noticeably limited playing rotation. In tonight’s blowout, 14 players were able to see the court.
- Matt Van Dyk managed to pull off a fast break dunk with seconds remaining. That had to be a special moment for him.