Mark "Rocket" Watts Makes Terrific Return To The Starting Lineup For MSU
Hondo S. Carpenter
The #9 Michigan State Spartans got back in action against the Minnesota Golden Gophers and got a much-needed road win 70-52. The win improves the men in green’s season record to 15-5 (7-2).
The Spartans had three players score in double-digits and were led by Xavier Tillman who had 17 points, ten rebounds, and five assists. Cassius Winston dropped in 18 points and eight assists and Mark “Rocket” Watts dropped in 10, with his return to the starting lineup.
The men in the green won the battle of the boards over the Gophers by a margin of 39-35. The Spartans had 11 turnovers. The difference in the game was points in the paint. Michigan State had a 34-20 scoring advantage in that stat alone.
The Spartan defense allowed the Gophers to 28% shooting from the field and 18% from three.
The Spartans had the lead in the 40 minutes of the game for 33:36. The Gophers led for 2:27. In all Tom Izzo played 13 players. Seven of them scored.
Izzo’s men had 18 assists on 26 baskets. The Spartans shot 41% from three, 47% from the field and an encouraging 85% from the charity stripe.
The team will return to the hard-court Wednesday, January 29, 2020, in East Lansing, at the Breslin Center. It can be seen on BTN at 6:30 PM.
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