Miles Bridges scores 20, Michigan State beats Nebraska 88-72
- Author: Zachary Reyes Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 6:31
Jankoska - who was kept almost silent in the first half - exploded in the later parts of the matchup to post 21-points and 12 rebounds, earning her a double-double. You can learn from wins, but you learn the most from the losses.
The Cornhuskers (12-15, 6-9) were coming off two straight wins and fell into a ninth-place tie with IL and Penn State in the Big Ten. Penn State coach Coquese Washington was forced to call timeout to stop the bleeding, but it only momentarily slowed down Michigan State. Johnson, contributed with 12-points of her own, as she was able to take advantage of her height.
In addition to Jankoska's team-high 12 rebounds, redshirt-senior Branndais Agee added 10 rebounds.
The turning point in the game came with 3:17 left when Glynn Watson Jr. picked up his second foul of the half, forcing him to join Michal Jacobson, Jordy Tshimanga, Jack McVeigh, and Ed Morrow Jr. on the bench for foul trouble.
At the start of the second half, Michigan State picked up where they left off, scoring five unanswered to push the lead to 23 points. The Spartans chipped away at the gap and pulled within 17-14 on a long jumper by redshirt senior Branndais Agee at the 1:35 mark of opening quarter.
However, Michigan responded with a 5-0 run and ended the quarter with a 62-41 lead.
Freshman guard Kysre Gondrezick added 21 points and sophomore forward Hallie Thome added 20 for No. 25 MI (22-7, 11-4 Big Ten).
MI went on an 11-0 run in the first quarter and led 22-6 just six minutes into the game. The Nittany Lions took their largest lead of the first half at 36-19 with 3:42 on a layup by Ashanti Thomas. "Then we get to practice, it's going to be rehab and IL". Senior Moore and sophomore Page each tallied 13 points of 6-9 shooting through the first 20 minutes of play. After that is the Big Ten tournament, where three wins gets them a double bye while two wins gets them a first round bye and a second round matchup against a conference bottom feeder, which would just about be another win anyways. Harris was MSU's third-leading scorer at 10.7 ppg.
Reimer hit the go-ahead basket with just under five minutes remaining that gave the Spartans the lead for good. Bridges finished the game with 20 points, five rebounds and two blocks.
If this team is able to put it together in time, the Spartans will come back for revenge for past year and this season and will prove all of their doubters wrong with a string of wins all the way into Phoenix.
Michigan State wraps up regular-season action at Nebraska on Sunday, Feb. 26 in a 2 p.m. ET tip-off from Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Huskers will return to action on Sunday night at home against IL.