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.
· 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.
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.