#25 Michigan State Falls 67-60 To #9 Maryland Official Game Thread

Hondo S. Carpenter

Breslin Center

East Lansing, MI

The #25 Michigan State Spartans are 17-8 (9-5) and will return to the hard-court today, in East Lansing at the Breslin Center. They will be taking on the #9 Maryland Terrapins. It can be seen on ESPN at 6:00 PM ET. ESPN Gameday will be on location that morning.

Below are five quick points about the game courtesy of MSU super basketball SID Mex Carey:

1. Series History

Michigan State leads the all-time series with Maryland, 9-5 ... The Spartans have won six of the last seven games against the Terrapins ... Tom Izzo is 8-5 in his career against Maryland ... The two teams have met just four times in East Lansing, with MSU winning the last three games ... The teams played only once last year, a 69-55 MSU win on Jan. 21.

2. Tillman’s Late Dunk Lifts Michigan State Past No. 22 Illinois

Xavier Tillman scored a put-back dunk with 6.6 seconds left to lift the Spartans over No. 22 Illinois, 70-69, in a Big Ten men’s basketball game inside State Farm Arena late Tuesday evening ... Rocket Watts led four Spartans in double figures with a career-high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, while Tillman added 17 points, 12 rebounds and three assists, sophomore Aaron Henry finished with 13 points and three rebounds and senior guard Cassius Winston added 12 points and two assists.

3. About the Spartans

Senior guard Cassius Winston leads MSU, and ranks third in the Big Ten, in scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game … Winston is also fourth in the league in assists (5.7 apg), first in free throw percentage, connecting on 86.0 percent of his shots (92-of-107), 10th in field goal percentage (42.4%), third in 3-point percentage (38.6%) and tied for second in steals (1.3 spg) ... Junior forward Xavier Tillman is second on the team with 13.6 points per game (T14th in the Big Ten) and tops the team (2nd in the Big Ten) with 10.2 rebounds per game, while adding 3.1 assists (13th in the Big Ten) per game and 2.1 blocks per game (T4th in the Big Ten) ... Tillman is the only player in the league in the top-15 in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks ... Sophomore forward Aaron Henry is third on the team with 9.5 points per game, while adding 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists ... MSU has four other players averaging at least 4.0 points per game, led by freshman guard Rocket Watts, who scored a career-high 21 points at Illinois, who is averaging 7.9 points per game (8.7 in Big Ten games) ... Sophomore forward Gabe Brown is averaging 7.5 points and 3.9 rebounds ... Freshman forward Malik Hall, who has started the last five games, is averaging 4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, and sophomore forward Marcus Bingham Jr. is averaging 4.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

4. Winston Named to Midseason Watch Lists for Robertson, Naismith Awards

Cassius Winston was named to the midseason watch lists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the for the Citizen Naismith Trophy on Feb. 13 ... The U.S. Basketball Writers Association named Winston one of 12 players to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List ... The award will be presented by its namesake at the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta in April ... Winston was one of 30 players recognized on the Citizen Naismith Trophy list by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The 10 semifinalists for the award will be announced on March 5, with the finalists revealed on March 17 ... The winner of the 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy for Men’s Player of the Year will be announced on April 5 at the Naismith Awards Brunch in Atlanta ... This is the third national recognition in the last week for Winston, as he was selected to the Late Season Top 20 Watch List for the John R. Wooden Award® by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

5. Xavier Tillman Named Finalist for Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year

Xavier Tillman was named one of 10 candidates for the 2020 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday ... Named after Class of 2010 Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, the annual honor in its sixth year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball ... A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates in October, which has now been narrowed to just 10 ... Tillman is second on Michigan State in scoring with 13.3 points per game and leads the team, and ranks second in the Big Ten Conference, with 10.1 rebounds per game ... Tillman is also second on the team with 3.2 assists (11th in the Big Ten) and leads the team with 2.2 blocks (fourth in the Big Ten).

STARTERS:  Watts, Winston, Henry, Tillman, and Hall

UPDATE:  1st media timeout of the 1st half and #25 Michigan State trails #9 Maryland by a score of 5-6  15:28

UPDATE: 2nd media timeout of the 1st half and #25 Michigan State trails #9 Maryland by a score of 15-10 11:57

UPDATE: 3rd media timeout of the 1st half and #25 Michigan State trails #9 Maryland by a score of 26-18 7:31

UPDATE: FINAL media timeout of the 1st half and #25 Michigan State trails #9 Maryland by a score of 34-22 3:53  Rebounds 21-9 MARYLAND. Yes, Maryland

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UPDATE: 1st media timeout of the 2nd half and #25 Michigan State trails #9 Maryland by a score of 41-35 15:55

UPDATE: 2nd media timeout of the 2nd half and #25 Michigan State trails #9 Maryland by a score of 45-42 11:59

UPDATE: 3rd media timeout of the 2nd half and #25 Michigan State leads #9 Maryland by a score of 54-53 6:38

UPDATE: FINAL media timeout of the 2nd half and #25 Michigan State leads #9 Maryland by a score of 58-53  4:28

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Msurick
Msurick

Great job by Watts drawing the offensive push.

No. 1-50
greenqueen
greenqueen

We need to keep this up!

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Rocket's playing some outstanding defense right now

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

I'm feeling it

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

MBJ!!!!!!

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Have to the rebounds or it’s a waste, not even trying

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Great great defense this second half

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Kit come on

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Good job by MSU to comeback

Msurick
Msurick

Gotta get over the hump.

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

If we can get the lead will never give it back

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

X has had a phenomenal game

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

TIED GAME

greenqueen
greenqueen

SWEET!!!!!

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Here we go

greenqueen
greenqueen

Sounds like the Breslin is booming!!!!

Msurick
Msurick

Bang!!!

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

What a great possession. Perfect execution

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MSU FGs: 3 OF LAST 3

m4msu
m4msu

Making buckets, what a difference it makes, who knew??? lol

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

What a second half effort we've seen from MSU. Really stingy defensively. Very good execution on the offensive end

Msurick
Msurick

And the ball is going down. Makes a big difference.

greenqueen
greenqueen

It's so much fun to watch these guys play to their potential!

Msurick
Msurick

We need Cash, Watts, Henry and Tillman to finish this game.

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Nice job making the clock!!!

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Izzo is MAD at Watts!!!!

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MSU FGs: 4 OF LAST 5

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Good job by MSU. This is hwta we needed

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MAR SCORING DROUGHT 2:38

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Izzo is furious at Watts, but that's about the only thing he's done wrong in the second half on the defensive end. Cowan was abusing MSU in the first half, particularly driving to the basket. Watts has completely locked him up all second half. Impressive to see.

JPSpartan
JPSpartan

This team should have the experience to close here

Msurick
Msurick

Interesting to see Kithier with this many minutes in this game.

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

I told u

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

We aint givin this back

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Henry beat the clock! Great play buddy

Msurick
Msurick

Henry with a giant bucket.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Everything going right for MSU in the second half

Msurick
Msurick

Izzo with a time out. Very important possession to maintain the lead here.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Tough couple of defensive possessions for MSU. Maryland responds to a 12-2 MSU run with back-to-back 3's. MSU lead is back down to just one.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

In addition to Barnett at the Breslin Center. Sedrick Irvin is on hand for tonight's game as well

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MAR 9-0 RUN OVER 1:58

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MAR FGs: 3 OF LAST 3

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MSU SCORING DROUGHT 2:14

Msurick
Msurick

Watts has to stay with Cowan

greenqueen
greenqueen

I can't believe this ending....I'm out

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Did we really just lose this game?? Unbelievable

m4msu
m4msu

wow, no O and not much D to close.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Wow. Just wow. MSU locks down Cowan for the first 18 minutes of the second half and Cowan knocks down 3 straight triples to regain the lead and then put the game away.

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Sad this didnt end how we wanted but what a second half

JoeP3
JoeP3

Damn it...I can’t believe this team...


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