The Spartans didn't let all of the chaos on campus distract them from getting a win against Wisconsin on Friday night.

Led by Miles Bridges' 24  points and Nick Ward's 12 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, the Spartans survived a second half push from the Badgers and won 76-61.

Cassius Winston scored 17.

Wisconsin came into this game with its season on life support. It falls to 3-6 in the conference and missed a chance for a notable win tonight in East Lansing.

It's the third win in a row for MSU since losing to Michigan two weeks ago. They sit at 7-2 in the conference and can't afford to drop many more if they're going to catch 9-0 Purdue.

Tom Izzo's press conference after the game will certainly center around more than just the game. The Detroit News will stream that press conference live on Facebook.

Spartans back in control

Miles Bridges raised up and hit from beyond the arc to push the MSU lead to 53-40 to make things a little more comfortable for those in attendance at the Breslin Center.

The turnover bug has jumped up and bit Wisconsin over the last couple of minutes. Though the Badgers have done an admirable job getting to the rim in the second half, they're still going to have to hit a couple from long range if they have any hope of getting back in this one. As of now, they're just 4-for-19 from beyond the arc.

At 5:53, Wisconsin has gotten the last two buckets to cut its deficit to 53-44.

Jackson, Winston answer Badgers run

The Badgers had cut the MSU lead to six at 46-40, but Jaren Jackson played great defense on the post and rejected Ethan Happ. Back down the floor, Cassius Winston got open from beyond the arc and was able to knock down the 3-pointer to give MSU a 49-40 lead.

That's where things stand at the 8:22 mark of the second half.

MSU struggling in the second half

Wisconsin continues to chip away at MSU's lead, cutting it to 43-36 with 11:42 remaining in the second half.

The Spartans have gotten out of the offensive flow that allowed them to build such a big first half lead. Conversely, the Badgers have been able to get to the rim and finish instead of settling for bad 3-pointers like they were in the first half.

Badgers get hot

Wisconsin went on an 8-2 run to start the second half, but Miles Bridges was able to push the Spartans lead back to 12 with his second jumper after the break.

After the under-16 timeout, the Badgers will come back on the floor with a chance to cut the MSU lead to single digits after Ethan Happ made a layup and Gavin Schilling was called for a foul.

As it stands now, at the 15:15 mark of the second half, MSU leads 41-31.

MSU taking it to Wisconsin

The Spartans on the basketball floor have been able to shut out all of the outside noise and focus on the task at hand through one half of basketball.

It also helps that they're playing Wisconsin.

At the half, MSU leads 37-21.

The Badgers are just 6-for-29 from the field, Miles Bridges has 15 points to lead MSU and it just doesn't appear it's going to be a tight contest on the floor in East Lansing tonight.

Nick Ward has a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds over the game's first 20 minutes.

Jackson sets blocked shots record

Jaren Jackson Jr. has set a single-season school record for blocked shots after two early rejections put him at 73 this season.

Led by Miles Bridges' 10 points and a defense that is just overwhelming Wisconsin (3-for-17 from the field), the Spartans look like they might run away with this one tonight.

It's 24-11 with 7:35 remaining in the first half.

Spartans off to a strong start

Wisconsin continues to just throw up all kinds of deep shots late in the shot clock. It currently has no answer for MSU's suffocating defense.

Led by seven early points from Miles Bridges, the Spartans hold a 15-8 advantage at the 12:48 mark of the first half.

Students show support for victims by wearing teal

The majority of the student section at Breslin Center tonight is wearing teal to support the victims of sexual assault. It was reported that MSU was not legally able to organize such an effort, but the students deemed it important enough to show solidarity.

On the court, the Badgers and Spartans traded 3-pointers before both went a bit cold from the field.

At the 16:58 mark of the first half, MSU leads 5-3.

Izzo calls reports of retirement "false"

With all that's been going on today, MSU has a basketball game to play tonight against Wisconsin.

Though it was ESPN that had a scathing report on the MSU athletic program, Fox Sports 1, which is broadcasting tonight's game, did not just stick to the action on the court.

FS1's Tim Brando said he talked to Tom Izzo before the game, at which point Izzo told Brando that rumors of him considering retirement are "false."


Tip-off: 8, Breslin Center, East Lansing

TV/radio: FS1/760 AM

Records: Wisconsin 10-12, 3-5 Big Ten; Michigan State 18-3, 6-2

Notable: MSU is No. 1 in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (35.3 percent), blocks per game (8.0) and rebound margin (plus-12.1).


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