Michigan State was ranked as the No. 2 team in the country going into the game on Saturday at Northwestern, but the Wildcats showed early that they did not care how good the Spartans are supposed to be.
By halftime, the Wildcats led 49-27.
With the 22-point deficit, a Spartans comeback seemed to be doubtful. Within 12 minutes of play in the second half, however, the score was tied at 53.
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During the last 8 minutes, the game remained tight, but the Spartans eventually would prevail 65-60. In the second half, Michigan State held Northwestern to 11 points, and during one stretch, the Wildcats missed 17 consecutive shots.
Spartans point guard Cassius Winston finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
With the win, the Spartans are 26-3 and winners of their last 10 games. The team is 14-2 in Big Ten play, with two games remaining in the regular season.
At 14-2, the Spartans are atop the Big Ten standings, while Ohio State is 13-2. Michigan State has games against Illinois and Wisconsin remaining to close its regular season.