Michigan State suffered a double-whammy at No. 16 Purdue on Saturday.
First, the Spartans (16-11, 8-6 Big Ten) lost for the fifth time in their last six games away from home, falling 80-63 to the Boilermakers (22-5, 11-3) at Mackey Arena.
But the loss was further marred by a right knee injury to senior guard Eron Harris, who left the game on a stretcher in the second half.
Miles Bridges led the Spartans with 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Matt McQuaid added 11 points and Alvin Ellis III posted 10.
Why it happened
Purdue looked like a Final Four team, shooting 50.9 percent from the field and holding the Spartans to 42.4. The Boilermakers got Michigan State in foul trouble early and continued to pound them down low throughout the game.
What it means
Michigan State continues to search for a signature win in a trying season. The good news is with games against No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 23 Maryland still ahead, the opportunity for that win still remains.
Bridges. He tried to do too much at times, but he often had no choice because of how much trouble Michigan State had getting penetration. He put together a strong performance, adding 3 assists to the aforementioned stats.
Kenny Goins and Nick Ward. Michigan State’s two big men did their best to try to corral Purdue’s 7-foot-2 center Isaac Haas, but Haas put up 18 points and 5 rebounds to go along with Purdue standout Caleb Swanigan’s 24 and 15. Goins and Ward, meanwhile, combined for just 12 points and 6 rebounds — before they both fouled out.
Who was there
Per Rivals, Purdue hosted 4-star junior forward Brandon Johns, the No. 1 prospect in Michigan. The East Lansing native has long been considered a Michigan State lean, as he goes to school within a mile of campus at The Hill Academy.
Who is next
The Spartans head back home to take on Nebraska on Thursday. The game will tip off 7 p.m. ET and be broadcast on ESPNU. Michigan State won the first meeting of the year, 72-61 on the road back on Feb. 2.
Make it five road losses in six for Michigan State. pic.twitter.com/CuhWVuCSGt
— Luke Srodulski (@lsrodulski) February 18, 2017