January 15, 2014

Michigan State grinds out win at Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Gary Harris scored 14 points and No. 4 Michigan State beat Northwestern 54-40 on Wednesday night for its ninth straight win.

The preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, the Spartans (16-1, 5-0 Big Ten) continue to roll along, although it was hardly an easy night for them. They overcame a sluggish start and pulled away down the stretch even though they struggled in a big way from the outside.

They were 2 of 16 on 3-pointers with Harris missing all six and Keith Appling
going 0 for 3. Harris did have four steals, and Appling managed to score 11 points.

"I thought we missed some good shot, and then I thought we took some bad shots," said Izzo. "We had six airballs in first half and I don't think we've had six airballs for the year. Even my good shooters really struggled there."

Michigan State entered the game shooting better than 40 percent from behind the 3-point line.

"This has been a team that has shot well from the three and tonight we go 2 for 16," said Izzo. "If some of those shots would have gone in, I think we would be feeling a little different about it, but that is the way that basketball is."

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