Fifth-ranked Michigan State increased its winning streak to 13, stopping No. 21 Iowa's at five in the process with an 82-67 victory Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Spartans stayed perfect in the Big Ten at 9-0 and are now 18-2 overall. Iowa fell to 5-4 in conference play and 16-4 overall.
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MVP: Like MSU’s 90-68 win in December, Iowa didn’t have much of an answer for Nick Ward inside. He scored 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting here and made all seven of his free throws. Ward pulled down 10 rebounds and had a game-high plus/minus of plus-25. Point guard Cassius Winston was just as vital, finishing with 23 points and seven assists. He made all eight of his free throws and 3 of 5 3-pointers.
Turning point: The Hawkeyes grabbed the lead at the end of the first half and led 35-31 at the break, then got 11 points from Tyler Cook on 5-for-5 shooting to go up 50-42 four minutes into the second. It all came crashing down after that. The Spartans went on a 24-2 – yes, 24-2 – run over the next six minutes to take a 66-52 lead. Winston and Matt McQuaid each buried a pair of 3-pointers during that stretch and Winston hit three free throws after he was fouled on another 3-point attempt. It ended up being a 40-17 MSU run to end the game.
Key stat: 1-11. Iowa connected on just one 3-pointer in the second half on 11 attempts and was 5 for 24 for the game. MSU made 6 of 10 treys after halftime and 8 of 19 overall. The Hawkeyes, who make more free throws than any team in the country, couldn't make up for it at the stripe either. They made every free throw in the game, but only shot eight.
Points: Luka Garza, Iowa (20); Cassius Winston, Michigan State (23)
Rebounds: Tyler Cook, Iowa (6); Nick Ward, Michigan State (10)
Assists: Connor McCaffery, Iowa (5); Cassius Winston, Michigan State (7)
Steals: Isaiah Moss, Joe Wieskamp, Iowa (2); Aaron Henry, Michigan State (2)
Blocks: Cassius Winston, Nick Ward, Iowa (1)
3-Pointers: Nicholas Baer, Iowa (2-7); Cassius Winston, Michigan State (3-5)
Up next: Iowa hits the road for a 4 p.m. tip Sunday at Minnesota (14-5, 4-4) on FS1. The Golden Gophers pushed No. 6 Michigan to the wire Tuesday before falling on a Charles Matthews buzzer beater, 59-57.