Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team slams Maryland, 78-66
By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Tom Izzo certainly got Michigan State in the proper frame of mind, and he should be commended for devising a game plan good enough to deny Maryland a chance to clinch first place in the Big Ten.
The long-time Spartans coach also laughingly took credit for the shot of the game, a buzzer-beating heave by Cassius Winston from well behind midcourt that capped a strong first half and propelled the Spartans past the Terrapins 78-66 on Saturday night.
“It was an unbelievable designed 75-foot play that we put in just last week,” Izzo said with a grin. “So that’s coaching fellas, that’s coaching.”
The Spartans (20-9, 12-6) bolted to a 17-5 lead and never trailed in dealing Maryland its first home loss of the season. When the teams played two weeks earlier, the Terps scored the game’s final 14 points to pull out a 67-60 victory.
There would be no comeback in this one. Winston’s desperation heave from around 60 feet out put Michigan State ahead 40-29, and the Spartans upped the margin to 18 points before churning out the final minutes of their third straight win.
“I didn’t know I was going to make it, of course. But I tried,” Winston said. “I focused in. I said, ‘I’m going to get this up. Try to give it the best chance.’ And splashed on that.”
Winston finished with 20 points in nearly 38 minutes of play. He went 5 for 6 beyond the arc and had six assists, which more than overshadowed his seven turnovers.