Spotlight the hunch to give themselves a lead. It took senior leadership from guard Alvin Ellis III to pull the Spartans to a tie down the stretch. Ellis used his strength to finish layups in traffic, and when the Spartans began to slow down on offense, Ellis converted a 3-point field goal to bring back the momentum and energy. In the waning seconds, Ellis’ free throws tied the game for MSU, forcing overtime. In OT, junior guard Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. stepped up and knocked down a three. The teams traded free throws, but Minnesota held a one-point lead. Again, Ellis was at the line hoping to put the Spartans ahead of the Golden Gophers. Confidently, Ellis made both free throws, giving MSU a 75-74 lead, the eventual winning score. The intensity of conference play is much higher than a regular non-conference game, Nairn said. “You just have a different feel when it’s conference play, it’s almost like a new season,” Nairn said. Game two of Big Ten play, the Spartans held host to Northwestern University. The Wildcats came into East Lansing looking for a statement win to improve their chances of making the March Madness tournament at the end of the season — a tournament MSU has made 18 straight times, but Northwestern never has. The Spartans jumped on Northwestern early with a layup by Ward, assisted by sophomore guard Matt McQuaid. From there on out, Ellis and Winston controlled the pace of play, never allowing the Wildcats to gain a lead. The Spartans improved to 2-0 in the Big Ten with a 61-52 victory. After missing seven straight games, Bridges suited up and came off the bench at home against Rutgers. His injury time spanned 36 days, but at last, MSU had its star back. Out of the first media timeout, Bridges walked
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onto the court with a loud ovation. The first play, a backdoor screen for Bridges, saw him fly high for a McQuaid lob and down hard with a two-handed dunk. Bridges ended the game with six points and six rebounds in a win against Rutgers, 93-65, the Spartans’ third straight Big Ten win and seventh win in the last eight games. The look ahead Though the Spartans were 3-0 in the Big Ten, Nairn said the team hasn’t done anything yet. MSU headed to the Palestra in Philadelphia to face off against Penn State. The Nittany Lions used their athletic ability to find space behind Spartan defenders, leading to easy dunk after easy dunk. Anytime the Spartans tried something new, Penn State was on top of it and continued to hammer the Spartans. The Nittany Lions got their second conference win and the Spartans received their first Big Ten loss. After the 72-63 loss, Izzo said the performance was humiliating. Bridges started the game, however he failed to show any increase of health. He struggled to get involved on offense and defensively he was not a major factor. Bridges would finish the game with four points, six rebounds and four fouls. Though deflated, assistant coach Dwayne Stephens said in the Big Ten not only does the intensity pick up, but each opponent knows you better. The Spartans will have a rematch against Minnesota on Jan. 11 in East Lansing. The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. and be televised on Big Ten Network. “We’re just worried about getting better each day, and if we continue to get better each day I feel good about where we’re going to be,” Stephens said.
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Freshman guard Miles Bridges (22) brings the ball down the court during the second half of the men’s basketball game against Rutgers on Jan. 4 at Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Scarlet Knights, 93-65. PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA
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