By JAY COHEN, AP Sports activities Author
EVANSTON, Ailing. (AP) — Boo Buie scored a career-high 30 factors and Northwestern beat Michigan State for the primary time in virtually a decade, topping the No. Four Spartans 79-65 on Sunday evening.
Pete Nance added 15 factors, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in Northwestern’s greatest win since its first NCAA Match look in 2017. Freshman Ty Berry had 12 factors within the Large Ten opener for every college, together with three of the Wildcats’ 10 3-pointers.
Northwestern (4-1, 1-Zero Large Ten) stopped a 12-game slide within the collection with its first victory over Michigan State since Jan. 14, 2012. It additionally was the Wildcats’ first win over a top-five group within the AP ballot since an 83-65 victory over Magic Johnson and then-No. Four Michigan State on Jan. 27, 1979.
This 12 months’s Spartans seemed rusty of their first recreation in every week and simply their second general since Dec. 7. They had been alleged to play Virginia on Dec. 9, however that recreation was postponed due to COVID-19 points with the Cavaliers.
Aaron Henry scored 11 factors for Michigan State (6-1, 0-1), and Malik Corridor completed with 10 factors and 9 boards. The Spartans shot simply 39% (26 for 67) from the sphere.
Michigan State additionally had a scare when beginning ahead Joey Hauser left late within the first half with a left knee harm. However he returned early within the second half and completed with 5 factors on 2-for-7 capturing.
Northwestern led by as many as 21 at 61-40 with 11:57 left. Michigan State responded with a 9-Zero run, together with a three-point play by Henry, however Berry steadied the Wildcats with a Three with 8:47 remaining.
Buie hit 4 foul photographs and a Three within the remaining two minutes to assist shut it out. The sophomore guard went 9 for 15 from the sphere, together with a 5-for-6 efficiency from past the arc.
Michigan State seemed rusty early on and a fired-up Northwestern group took benefit. Buie, who scored a career-high 26 factors in Northwestern’s 77-72 loss to Michigan State final December, hit consecutive 3-pointers to provide the Wildcats a 34-23 lead with 3:34 left within the first half.
Nance made one other Three with 51 seconds left, serving to Northwestern to a 43-30 lead on the break. The Spartans shot 35% (12 for 34) within the first half, in comparison with 52% (14 for 27) for the Wildcats.
Michigan State: It might need been the sporadic play early within the season, however the poor capturing might be a priority for coach Tom Izzo.
Northwestern: Nance’s play at the start of the sport helped the Wildcats get off to a strong begin, and so they answered each cost by the Spartans.
Michigan State: Hosts No. 12 Wisconsin on Friday afternoon.
Northwestern: Visits Indiana on Wednesday evening.
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