Bridges lead No. 3 Michigan State past Rutgers

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 3 Michigan State Spartans defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Tuesday night. The Spartans won 62-52 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

The Spartans improved to 8-1 on the season. The Scarlet Knights fell to 6-3 overall.

Michigan State is 5-0 since Rutgers joined the Big Ten Conference.

Michigan State Spartans’ Miles Bridges takes a shot against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Getty Images)

Michigan State Spartans’ Miles Bridges takes a shot against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Getty Images)

“I don’t know how to say this to anybody, but we’re not perfect,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “We’re not as good as you guys write. We’re a good basketball team that has a chance to be a great one.”

The Spartans had 15 turnovers in the game. They also gave up 20 offensive rebounds.

“Don’t let it eat you alive,” Izzo added. “Don’t let it frustrate you and don’t read into things. We have a long way to go.”

Michigan State went 22 of 57 from the field and 8 of 21 from three point range. The Spartans went 10 of 16 from the free throw line.

Rutgers went 17 of 66 from the field and 4 of 15 from three point range. They did; however, go 14 of 18 from the free throw line.

Michigan State had just six bench points. Eugene Omoruyi had 11 of the 12 Rutgers bench points.

Miles Bridges led the Spartans with 21 points, five rebounds, and one assist. He was one of three Michigan State players, who scored in double-figures.

Deshawn Freeman led the Scarlet Knights with 13 points. They had three players, who scored in double-figures.

“I hate to lose and I think everyone here came here to beat teams like that,” Scarlet Knights’ Geo Baker said. “We were really close. Like Coach (Steve Pikiell) said, there’s a bunch of little things that if we can improve, we can win that game.”

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