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MSU escapes with win

Out of the timeout, Aaron Henry made a couple of free throws and Bradley responded with a big 3-pointer to cut the MSU lead to five. Cassius Winston drew a foul on the ensuing possession and drained both free throws.

The Spartans extended the lead to 10 before Bradley called a timeout after a layup with 54 seconds to go. The Spartans held on to win 76-65.

Late surge for Michigan State

Matt McQuaid came out of a break with a huge 3-pointer to extend the Spartans' lead to six. Aaron Henry then added a leaner in the lane to make it 63-55 and forcing a Bradley timeout.

Spartans hold late lead

Cold shooting plagued the Spartans again out of the under-eight timeout. On top of that, Aaron Henry's turnover woes continued. 

Cassius Winston finally extended the lead to three with a floater heading into the under-four timeout.

Game going down to the wire

Bradley hit another 3-pointer from deep to take a one-point lead before Xavier Tillman answered with a layup. The two teams traded baskets and the Spartans held a one-point lead going into the under-eight timeout.

Michigan State goes on second-half run

Bradley started the second half like it started the first: on fire. The Braves scored the half's first four points, but the Spartans responded with an 10-0 run thanks to 3-pointers from Matt McQuaid and Cassius Winston. The run was ended with a couple of free throws by Bradley to cut the Michigan State lead to 44-41.

Winston added a nifty layup to extend the lead back to five but Aaron Henry turned the ball over on his second straight bad pass.

Nick Ward added a couple of free throws to put the Spartans up 50-43 but Bradley scored five straight points before a Michigan State offensive foul leading to the under-12 timeout.

Bradley holds lead at the half

The game went back-and-forth for the rest of the half with no lead for either team sitting at more than three points and Bradley took a one-point lead after yet another 3-pointer. They finished the half 6-for-9 from 3-point range while the Spartans were ice-cold.

Spartans hold slim lead

Bradley regained the lead after a 5-0 run, but Gabe Brown answered with a 3-pointer of his own to put the Spartans up 16-15. Matt McQuaid put the Spartans up three with a jumper in traffic and then Bradley rebounded with a 3-pointer.

McQuaid was then called for an under-cut flagrant foul but the Braves couldn't make their free throws to tie it up. Spartans lead 20-19 after the under-eight timeout.

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MSU takes lead

Cassius Winston got the Spartan offense back on track with a floater after the under-16 timeout to cut the Bradley lead to four. Nick Ward then drew a flagrant foul and made a couple of free throws. Winston made a 3-pointer to give the Spartans their first lead since 2-0 and then added two more on a Kenny Goins layup.

Bradley gets off to hot start

Aaron Henry scored the first basket of the game on a nice baseline drive and hook and Bradley bounced back to scored five straight to take a three-point lead. Bradley scored five more after Michigan State's next basket to take a 10-4 lead into the first media timeout.

Michigan State opens NCAA Tournament play Thursday with a 2:45 p.m. game against Bradley in the East Region. Follow the action throughout the game with live updates by Connor Muldowney of The Detroit News.

EAST REGION

NO. 2 MICHIGAN STATE VS. NO. 15 BRADLEY

Tip-off: 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

TV/radio: CBS/760

Records: Michigan State 28-6, Bradley 20-14

Next up: Michigan State faces No. 10 Minnesota on Saturday, time and TV to be announced.

 

 

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