Published: Fri, November 24, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Michigan State pulls away from DePaul in PK80

Michigan State pulls away from DePaul in PK80

Following back-to-back 400-yard passing performances, Michigan State's Brian Lewerke has barely topped 150 yards through the air the last two games combined.

Eli Cain and Max Struz each scored 12 to lead DePaul (1-3) while Tre'Darius McCallum added 11 points for the Blue Demons. Miles Bridges added in 20. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Cassius Winston and Joshua Langford each added 10 points. Kyle Bolin started the first five games before losing his job to Giovanni Rescigno, who was replaced by Johnathan Lewis in the second half against in and Rutgers coach Chris Ash on Monday declined to name a starter against Michigan State.

As far as I'm concerned, there's not shame in OR losing to UCONN as the Huskies just have this knack for pulling off the upset.

The Spartans dominant run continued throughout much of the second half as the Blue Demons continued to struggle scoring. The Spartans committed nine turnovers in the opening half that turned into 12 DePaul points.

The Seawolves shot 46 percent, 6 of 13, from 3-point range in the first half, led by Elijah Olaniyi. McQuaid then capped it with two more 3-pointers as DePaul never threatened again. The Huskies are more known for their defense, limiting opponents to just 62.7 points per game.

Stony Brook's hot shooting could not last the whole half.

McQuaid scored a career high 20 points as he was joined by three other Spartans that finished in double figures. He finished the half with 11 points to lead the Spartans, however the first half was not all smiles for the sharp-shooter. Nick Ward put himself in a position to complete a double-double by scoring eight points and grabbing seven boards in the half as well. His tough game ended with 7:52 remaining when he fouled out and finished scoreless with four rebounds.

Despite the erratic play, the Spartans managed to open a 20-15 lead after a Jackson layup. The Spartans posted a 39-24 rebounding edge.

That lead kept growing and got as high as 24 points with 2:05 remaining as the Spartans led 87-65. In between stints on the bench to rest and get fluids, McQuaid helped No. 4 Michigan State make up for the absence of star Miles Bridges. With 8:30 remaining, Bridges drove to the basket for a layup and landed on the foot of Michael Almonacy, resulting in a twisted ankle.

Izzo said Bridges, who suffered a sprained ankle Sunday and didn't play Thursday, would be available if it were the NCAA tournament.

"We are going to try and do our pressure", Ollie said. Cassius Winston was solid all-around with 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

That style of play doesn't bode well for Michigan State, according to Izzo.

The Spartans will be off until Thanksgiving night where they will take on Depaul in the first round of the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oreg.

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