Michigan State Sweeps Season Series with Northwestern

Photo: David Banks | USA Today Sports
Photo: David Banks | USA Today Sports

Northwestern’s three-game road winning streak ended Thursday. The Wildcats (12-13, 5-7 Big Ten) were overmatched by Michigan State (21-4, 10-2), 85-70.

The Wildcats kept pace with the Spartans for the first 12 minutes, trailing only 23-22.

Then, an 8-0 run bumped Michigan State’s lead to nine points with 4:32 left in the first half, and it remained that way at halftime.

The Spartans came out with fire in the second half, using a 7-0 spurt to build a 16-point advantage. The lead grew to as many as 19 points and Northwestern never got closer than 11.

Senior forward Adreian Payne, who missed the first game against Northwestern, led Michigan State with a double-double. The injury-plagued forward recorded 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting and 14 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Denzel Valentine a career-high 16 points along with six assists. Junior guard Travis Trice also had six dimes while scoring 11 points.

Sophomore wing Gary Harris registered 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting.

Junior JerShon Cobb led Northwestern in scoring with 22 points, his highest output since Nov. 29 against UCLA. Cobb also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and made a career-high five three-pointers.

Senior forward Drew Crawford kept his hot stretch going with 18 points, four rebounds and seven assists.

Sophomore guard Tre Demps continued his Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year campaign with 18 points on 5-of-11 shooting and three dimes off the bench.

Northwestern returns home Sunday to face Minnesota. The Wildcats defeated the Golden Gophers on the road Feb. 1, 55-54.

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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