The Spartans put in great a team effort and used a 13-2 run midway through the second half to put away the Wildcats.
The run was keyed by Kalin Lucas, the reigning Big Ten player of the year, who has had his ups and downs this season.
Lucas displayed his versatility by distributing the ball, hitting jump shots, and attacking the basket, all within the 13-2 run. Lucas scored 15 of his team high 21 points in the second half.
Lucas wasn't the only Spartan to have the hot hand, Durrell Summers came off the bench to give the Spartans a needed lift with 14 points in the first half, as Northwestern put up an early fight. The first half saw 10 lead changes and six ties.
Michigan State ended the first half strong and a Raymar Morgan 3-pointer at the buzzer capped a 14-3 lead as the Spartans went into the half with a 41-33 lead.
The Spartans were able to get into the bonus just five minutes into the second half and took advantage of it by aggressively attacking the basket. A Lucas three-pointer gave State a 61-43 lead with just under eleven minutes to play and the Spartans never looked back.
Lucas added six rebounds and four assists to go with his 8-of-12 shooting. Summers finished with 17 points and seven boards before fouling out. Draymond Green was his usual self providing energy that turned into a 13-point, five rebounds, four blocks, and three assist evening. Chris Allen was more of a distributor, despite adding nine points, dishing out six assist, which including a pair of fancy ally's to Summers and Morgan.
Northwestern had a few bright spots as sophomore John Shurna tied a career high with 29 points. Michigan native and former Warren DeLaSalle star Alex Marcotullio netted 16 points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
The Spartans will look to go 2-0 in Big ten play as they host #23 Wisconsin on January 6th.