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While attention was elsewhere for most on Friday night, Michigan State’s basketball team went about its business by beating Wisconsin with four players in double-figures and one putting his name in the record book.

Sophomore Miles Bridges led the way in the 76-61 victory by scoring 24 points and grabbing seven rebounds while Cassius Winston had 17 points and six assists and Nick Ward scored 12 and grabbed 11 rebounds.

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It was freshman Jaren Jackson Jr., however, that became the Spartans’ single-season blocks leader, recording four against the Badgers and giving him 75 for the season. It surpassed the previous mark of 72 established by Ken Johnson in 1984-85.

The Spartans (19-3, 7-2 Big Ten) blocked nine shots in the game, giving them 177 for the season and tying the MSU single-season record, set during the 2015-16 season (35 games).

“I made it known that I wanted that record,” Jackson said, “and I am glad that I got it but that record just stands for me just playing hard and helping out my teammates so if I can keep building that up then we are going to be fine.”

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With the quick turnaround to Sunday’s 1 p.m. tip at Maryland, coach Tom Izzo pleased with the way his team responded Friday night with so much attention surrounding off-court news.

“I thought we got great play out of Bridges again early,” Izzo said. “I thought we were a little complacent at the start of the second half. We played pretty well in the first half and didn’t play as well in the second half. Jaren Jackson had a bunch of blocks, so did Nick Ward. Jackson set a record, the last guy to have that record was Ken Johnson, that was my first year here. So, I was very impressed with Jackson doing that. He struggled a little bit shooting the ball.

“I thought that Cassius Winston went through a little bit early, but then came down and hit some big 3s late and that was a big difference in the game. Our rebounding was good, our shooting percentage was pretty good, our free-throw shooting was good. The only negatives I saw was we had three turnovers at halftime, the second half we had 10.”

 No. 6 Michigan State at Maryland

Tip-off: 1 p.m. Sunday, Xfinity Center, College Park, Md.

TV/radio: Fox/WJR 760

Records: Michigan State 19-3, 7-2 Big Ten; Maryland 15-7, 4-5

Outlook: Michigan State has won four the last five against the Terrapins but hasn’t won at Maryland since 2015. … The Terrapins have lost four of six, including a 71-68 loss to Indiana on Monday. … Maryland sophomore Kevin Huerter has a team-high 56 3-pointers this season while sophomore Anthony Cowan is scoring 16.4 points and handing out 4.8 assists a game.

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