Michigan State Spartans men shake off slow start to throttle Purdue, 77-59
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
EAST LANSING — Cassius Winston shook off a slow start and took over when No. 6 Michigan State needed him most against Purdue.
Winston began with a 16-plus-minute scoreless stretch but finished with 23 points, helping the Spartans pull away to beat the Boilermakers 77-59 on Tuesday night.
“That’s what great players do,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.
The Spartans (14-2, 5-0 Big Ten) have won nine straight.
The Boilermakers (9-6, 2-2) had won their previous three games by a combined total of 55 points.
Purdue got off to a strong start, rattling Michigan State with pressure defense and taking an early 9-2 lead.
The Spartans cut down on their turnovers and held together as Winston, their leading scorer, made his first shot with 3:52 left in the first half. The junior point guard closed the half with nine points, putting Michigan State ahead 39-26.
Purdue’s Carsen Edwards had a season-low 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting, including 2 of 13 from the 3-point line. Ryan Cline, the Boilermakers’ second-leading scorer, had 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting.