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 at the time seemed to be doubtful. Within just 12 minutes of play in the second half, however, the game was tied at 53.
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Over the last 8 minutes, the game remained tight, but the Spartans would eventually prevail, 65-60. In the second half, Michigan State held Northwestern to just 11 points and during one stretch, the Wildcats missed 17 straight shots.
Spartans point guard Cassius Winston finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
With the win, the Spartans are now 26-3 overall and winners of their last 10 games. The team is also 14-2 in Big Ten play with just 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 out its regular season.