Michigan State-Houston Baptist: Recap, score, analysis

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No. 2 Michigan State (11-1, 2-0 Big Ten) strolled to a 107-62 win over Houston Baptist (4-8) on Monday at the Breslin Center.

Miles Bridges led the way for Michigan State with 33 points on 11 of 14 shooting, tying a career high. Nick Ward had 20 points, while Cassius Winston recorded 10 points and 12 assists. Jaren Jackson Jr. fouled out with 6 blocks. Michigan State finished with a 73.2 effective field goal percentage.

Houston Baptist finished with 24 offensive rebounds, reeling in 45.3 percent of its missed shots. Much of that had to do with Michigan State’s 16 blocks, which set a new single-game program record.

Michigan State will return to action on Thursday at home against Long Beach State. The game tips off at 7 p.m. ET on BTN Plus.

Michigan State-Houston Baptist recap, score

Michigan State 95, Houston Baptist 58 (H2, 3:29): Michigan State broke its single-game program record by record its 14th block, but Houston Baptist continued to reel in a bunch of offensive rebounds. By the final media timeout, the Huskies got up to 22 offensive boards on 48 missed shots.

Michigan State 85, Houston Baptist 47 (H2, 7:44): Michigan State continued to stuff any attempt at the rim from Houston Baptist and tied a single-game school record with 13 blocks on the night. Cassius Winston’s play in transition moved him up to 12 assists and got the Breslin Center as loud as it had been the entire game.

Michigan State 71, Houston Baptist 41 (H2, 11:14): Michigan State’s effort continued to frustrate Tom Izzo. Jaren Jackson Jr. didn’t have a particularly good stat line, but he played harder than just about anyone else. When he turned it over on an attempted spin move, he sprinted back down the court for a block at the rim.

Michigan State 64, Houston Baptist 37 (H2, 15:36): Michigan State came out with a bit more energy thanks to what was likely a spirited halftime talk from an upset Tom Izzo. Still, Houston Baptist grabbed 3 more offensive rebounds in the first four minutes of the second half.

Michigan State 54, Houston Baptist 33 (H1, 0:00): Tom Izzo called multiple timeouts in the first half simply to express his frustration at his team’s effort. Houston Baptist rebounded 15 of its 26 misses in the half. On the other end, Cassius Winston recorded 10 assists in the first half. He’d only doled out that many in one game prior.

Michigan State 36, Houston Baptist 25 (H1, 6:22): Michigan State struggled to pull away because of 9 second-chance points from Houston Baptist. The Huskies rebounded 10 of their first 18 misses to keep possessions alive and slow down the pace a bit.

Michigan State 20, Houston Baptist 10 (H1, 12:00): The game continued uneventfully apart from a Houston Baptist fan screaming during every Michigan State free throw. Cassius Winston found Gavin Schilling for wide open looks twice, and Tom Izzo experimented with an odd lineup including the aforementioned two, Miles Bridges, Kenny Goins and Jaren Jackson Jr.

Michigan State 10, Houston Baptist 4 (H1, 15:50): If you recorded the game, you’ll likely want to skip the first few minutes. Tom Izzo had to call timeout two minutes in because of Michigan State’s careless turnovers. At the media timeout, the Spartans had turned it over 4 times. But their defense was still strong as usual, and Nick Ward got in great position to score every time on offense.

Michigan State 0, Houston Baptist 0 (H1, 20:00): Michigan State went with its usual starting lineup of Cassius Winston, Josh Langford, Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Nick Ward. Houston Baptist started without Josh Ibarra, its standout big man who missed the Huskies’ last game with a foot injury.

Michigan State-Houston Baptist basketball: Game time, information

Michigan State and Houston Baptist play at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 18.

Time: 6 p.m. ET

Date: Monday, Dec. 18

Location: Breslin Center, East Lansing, Mich.

How can I watch the Michigan State-Houston Baptist basketball game on TV and online?

Michigan State and Houston Baptist will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. BTN2Go will have the live stream. You also can stream the game from your Android or iOS device.

Kevin Kugler and Jon Crispin will call the game.

How can I listen to the Michigan State-Houston Baptist basketball game on the radio?

Michigan State and Houston Baptist can be heard over the 38-affiliate Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit.

Will Tieman and Matt Steigenga will have the call.

Michigan State-Houston Baptist basketball preview

Ever since a nervy 80-72 win over Division II Ferris State in the opening exhibition game, Michigan State has been ruthless defending its home court. The Spartans are 5-0 at the Breslin Center, winning by an average of 25.2 points per game.

In comes Houston Baptist, which has won all four of its home games but continues to search for its first win away from Sharp Gym. The Huskies are led by senior big man Josh Ibarra, who averages 16 points and 10 rebounds. Will and Jalon Gates, sons of “Hoop Dreams” star William Gates, combine to score 19.2 points per game.

This HBU group, which scores 83.5 points a game largely by imposing its will down low, will have its hands full. Michigan State has held opponents to a paltry 31.6 percent mark on 2-point attempts, good for No. 1 in the country. The Spartans also rank second in blocks with 8.1 per game.

The key for Michigan State will be defending the 3-pointer. Houston Baptist does not shoot it particularly well, but teams have seemed to find their rhythm against the Spartans. Their last two opponents have both hit at least 10 shots from beyond the arc.

Scoring won’t likely be an issue for Michigan State. The Spartans have found production from plenty on their deep roster, with six different players leading the team in scoring through 11 games. They have scored at least 80 points in every home game.

This matchup will surely be overshadowed by Holiday Bowl preparation and the upcoming early signing period for football recruits, but as Oakland showed on Saturday by building a second-half lead, no game can be overlooked. As long as Michigan State keeps winning, it will get its opponents’ best effort.

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