Winston Helps Lead No. 6 Michigan State Past Purdue, 77-59

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East Lansing, Mich. – Junior guard Cassius Winston (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) scored a game-high 23 points and No. 6 Michigan State pulled away from Purdue for a 77-59 win at the Breslin Center on Tuesday night.
Michigan State, winners of nine-straight games and 14 of its last 15 overall, improves to 14-2 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten, while Purdue falls to 9-6 overall and 2-2

· After leading by 13 points (39-26) at halftime, the Boilermakers narrowed the gap to four points, 52-48, on a 3-pointer from Carsen Edwards with 10:24 to play in the game.
· The Spartans responded with five-straight points, with Winston hitting a free throw, freshman forward Aaron Henry (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) hit a jumper and Winston followed with a driving layup to make it 57-48 as Purdue called a timeout.
· Purdue got no closer than seven points the rest of the way and a pair of free throws from redshirt senior Kenny Goins (Troy, Mich./Warren Mott) gave MSU its biggest lead of the game, 77-58, with 1:28 left in the game.
· The Spartans extended their lead early in the second half to 14 points, 50-36, on a 3-pointer from senior guard Matt McQuaid (Duncanville, Texas/Duncanville), but Purdue responded with a 7-0 burst and cut the lead to 50-43 on a 3-pointer from Ryan Cline with 13:15 to play in the game.
· A layup from junior forward Nick Ward (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) pushed the lead back to nine points, 52-43, but the Boilermakers pulled to within four points, 52-48, after a basket from Edwards at the 11:29 mark.
· The Spartans took a 39-26 lead into the break, with eight different players scoring at least two points, led by Winston with nine.
· Purdue had jumped out to an early 9-2 lead after a 3-pointer from Cline and still led 16-12 following a layup from Trevion Williams nearing the mid-point of the half.
· The Spartans took their first lead, 17-16, on a 3-pointer from McQuaid at the 10:07 mark and that was part of an 11-0 run as MSU took a 23-16 lead on a 3-pointer from freshman guard Gabe Brown (Ypsilanti, Mich./Belleville) with 7:30 to play.
· Free throws from Winston with less than a second left sent MSU into the break with a 13-point lead.

Key Stats
· Largely in part to the defensive effort of McQuaid, Michigan State held Purdue guard Carsen Edwards to a season-low 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-13 from 3-point land.
· Winston scored 23 points to lead three players in double figures, with Ward adding 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots and sophomore forward Xavier Tillman (Grand Rapids, Mich./GR Christian) added 11 points and five rebounds.
· McQuaid added nine points, while Goins finished with seven points, 11 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocked shots.
· MSU handed out 20 assists on 26 made field goals.
· The Spartans had a 47-34 advantage on the boards and scored 28 second-chance points with 34 points in the paint.

· Purdue leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 68-55, but the Spartans have won 26 of the last 38 games, including 10 of the last 13 overall.
· Head Coach Tom Izzo is 26-16 all-time against Purdue
· This was the 15th time this season Michigan State has scored at least 75 points.
· MSU shot 44.8 percent from the floor, just the third time this season the team has connected on 45.0 percent of its shots.
· The Spartans handed out 20 assists, the 10th time this season the team has handed out at least 20.
· Winston led Michigan State in scoring for the seventh time this season.
· He has scored at least 20 points seven times this season, including four of the last five games, averaging 21.8 points per game in that span.
· This was Ward's 13th game in double figures and the 58th of his career.
· Tillman scored in double figures for the seventh time this season.
· Tillman also had one assist and he and Winston are the only MSU players with at least one assist in every game this season.
· Goins collected 11 rebounds, the seventh time this season he has collected at least 10.

Up Next
Michigan State plays four of its next five games on the road, starting with a matchup at Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 13. The game tips off at the Bryce Jordan Center at 4:30 p.m. It will air live on CBS, with Tom McCarthy calling the play-by-play, Bill Raftery serving as the color analyst and Jon Rothstein on sidelines.