Michigan State’s Miles Bridges showed Friday why he is one of the top players in college basketball.
In his team’s 63-60 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden, Bridges scored a team-high 20 points while adding 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. In addition, Bridges made 3 of the 5 3-point shots he attempted in the victory.
After struggling a bit in the first half, Bridges came to life in the second half. At one point in the second half, Wisconsin came back from a 6-point deficit to take a 42-40 lead. Then, Bridges scored 7 of the Spartans’ 9 points over a 2-minute span. It began with a 3-pointer to give Michigan State a 43-42 lead, and he followed that with a mid-range pull-up jumper.
Wisconsin made a run, and then it was @MilesBridges01's turn.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 2, 2018
After Nick Ward made a layup, Bridges made another jumper to finish that dominant stretch.
— Spartan Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) March 2, 2018
Although Bridges missed the first free throw of a 1-and-1 with 27 seconds left in the game, Michigan State’s defense held firm, making a stop at the buzzer to eliminate Wisconsin and move on to the next round.
The Spartans will need Bridges to continue this kind of play on Saturday, when they take on the winner of Nebraska and Michigan.