Spartans Go Badger Hunting & Get the Win 84-74 On Senior Day!
East Lansing, MI
The Michigan State Spartans improved to 18-11 (10-6) with a 84-74 win today over the Wisconsin Badgers who fall to 22-7 (11-5). This senior day extravaganza started with Eron Harris mother singing an amazing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, picked up with the best crowd of the season and ended with the intensity of a Final Four run.
Badger head coach Greg Gard said of the contest, “Obviously I knew Michigan State was playing better and improved and I thought we competed. The numbers tell the story. They made plays. They had the answers. We have to get better at converting.”
Michigan State made 91% of their free throws today and for the first time all year the charity stripe was a blessing and not an albatross to your Spartans. Michigan State was 21-23 while the Badgers shot an abysmal 52% from the free throw line.
It was good to finally win one from the line and Tom Izzo said, “I have learned a lot about this team so far this year. I put the pressure on them and myself and they responded. The greatest memory making moment is that for the next sixty years when your back is against the wall and neck is on the line you can do one of two things. You can give up or run and we grinded. I am very proud of them for that.”
Nick Ward led the way for MSU with 22 points and nine rebounds. Miles Bridges added 17 points and seven boards while Matt McQuaid found his shot as well. The Texan had 15 points while freshman point guard had the best night of the evening rounding out the double digit scorers with 10 and adding seven rebounds and eight assists respectively.
An always emotional on senior day Izzo added, “Feel like I have spent my entire career about memory making moments and senior day is the toughest day of the year for me. Always has been and always will be. I just feel like that is all that is that is well about my job. Some things aren’t so good.”
MSU had 11 turnovers to the Badgers eight and they won the battle of the boards 42-38. MSU had 18 assists on 28 buckets and had an astonishing 30-10 point lead with the points scored from the bench.
The Spartans will return to action on Wednesday night at 9PM. They will be playing at Illinois and that game can be seen on BTN.