NIU Northern Illinois Huskies 60
Northern Illinois Huskies Northern Illinois Overall (7-6)
ATS (6-4)
O/U (7-3)
December 29 2018
- BTN
MSU Michigan State Spartans 88
Michigan State Spartans Michigan State Overall (11-2)
ATS (8-3-1)
O/U (6-6)
Final
Money Line Total: 152½ Spread ATS
12
607 Northern Illinois Huskies +2000 Under -110 (+23.5) -110 UNDER: 148
1941
608 Michigan State Spartans -6000 Over -110 (-23.5) -110 Cover: 4.5
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Final
Money Line Total: 152½ Spread ATS
607 NIU +2000 Under: -110 (+23.5) -110 UNDER: 148
608 MSU -6000 Over: -110 (-23.5) -110 Cover: 4.5
Line Movement
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12/29/2018
11:18 AM
MSU
-6000
NIU
+2000
12/29/2018
11:15 AM
MSU
-6000
NIU
+2000
12/29/2018
9:15 AM
MSU
-6000
NIU
+2000
12/29/2018
8:21 AM
MSU
-6000
NIU
+2000
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12/29/2018
11:18 AM
MSU(-23.5)
-110
NIU
-110
12/29/2018
11:15 AM
MSU(-23.5)
-110
NIU
-110
12/29/2018
9:15 AM
MSU(-23.5)
-110
NIU
-110
12/29/2018
8:21 AM
MSU(-23.5)
-110
NIU
-110
12/28/2018
8:30 PM
MSU(-23.5)
-110
NIU
-110
Total
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12/29/2018
11:18 AM
152½
-110
152½
-110
12/29/2018
11:15 AM
154
-110
154
-110
12/29/2018
9:15 AM
155
-110
155
-110
Recap

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston made two 3-pointers in the opening minutes, and it proved to be a preview of what was to come from Michigan State's point guard.

Winston matched a career high with six 3-pointers and scored 24 points, leading the eighth-ranked Spartans to 88-60 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday.

"I just kind of pick my spots," he said. "I take my shots when I've got good ones."

Winston shot 8 of 10 overall, missing only one 3-pointer. He had seven assists without a turnover — the statistic that meant the most to him.

"That means I'm doing my job," he said.

Michigan State (11-2) has won six straight heading into the Big Ten season .

"We got a long way to go to compete in this league," coach Tom Izzo said. "I think there are going be a lot of tight games."

The Huskies (7-6) have alternated between winning and losing for much of the season.

Northern Illinois coach Mark Montgomery returned to the school where he played point guard from 1988-92 and was one of Izzo's assistants from 2001-11.

The crowd cheered when he was introduced before the game.

"It felt great," Montgomery said. "I love the love."

Montgomery was all smiles before tip-off seeing familiar faces at the Breslin Center. He didn't appear to be in a great mood once the game started.

Winston made two 3-pointers in the first 1:34 to help the Spartans take a 9-2 lead, and they kept control enough to lead 43-19 at halftime. Michigan State led by at least 20 during the entire second half.

Michigan State's Kenny Goins had 12 points, Nick Ward scored 11 points and reserve Xavier Tillman added eight points and matched a career high with 13 rebounds.

Eugene German scored 20 points and Levi Bradley had 13 points for the Huskies.

"I don't think we embarrassed ourselves," Montgomery said.

INJURY REPORT

Joshua Langford didn't play in the second half for the Spartans, sitting out as a precaution because of ankle soreness. Langford missed his first six shots and finished with three points on 1-of-8 shooting.

"There's no worry about him from what I've been told," Izzo said. "We decided not to push him."

BIG PICTURE

Northern Illinois: The Huskies have had success this season by taking a lot of 3-pointers and making many of them, including equaling a school-record 14 in the previous game against Chicago State. They entered the game making 52.3 percent of their shots beyond the arc, trailing just Indiana and Gonzaga in 3-point shooting percentage. Northern Illinois made 6 of 23 of its 3-pointers, connecting on just 26 percent. "Credit Michigan State's defense," Montgomery said. "I don't think we were nervous."

Michigan State: The tuneup season is over. The Spartans will get back to Big Ten play in their next game, hosting Northwestern. They won their first two conference games against No. 24 Iowa and at Rutgers. Michigan State is the defending regular-season champion and likely will have to outlast No. 2 Michigan in the 20-game conference season to defend the title.

UP NEXT

Northern Illinois: Opens the Mid-American Conference season Saturday at Ohio.

Michigan State: Resumes Big Ten play Wednesday at home against Northwestern.

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Matchup
Northern Illinois Overall
W/L 7-6
ATS 6-4
Pts For 79.9
Pts Against 73.4
Total 7-3
Northern Illinois Away
W/L 1-5
ATS 2-4
Pts For 73.2
Pts Against 80.5
Total 4-2
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Michigan State Overall
W/L 11-2
ATS 8-3-1
Pts For 87.6
Pts Against 68.4
Total 6-6
Michigan State Home
W/L 7-0
ATS 4-2
Pts For 95.4
Pts Against 64.9
Total 3-3
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Scoring
Northern Illinois
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Eugene German (G) 29:007-17 41.2%3-8 37.5%3-4 75%1721031-2120
Levi Bradley (G-F) 26:006-18 33.3%1-5 20%0-0 0%1300002-1913
Lacey James (F) 29:004-11 36.4%1-1 100%0-2 0%61000014-89
Dante Thorpe (G) 29:003-8 37.5%0-1 0%0-0 0%0221014-176
Jaylen Key (F) 15:001-7 14.3%0-0 0%1-2 50%3600002-93
Zaire Mateen (G) 11:001-3 33.3%1-3 33.3%0-0 0%0210020-73
Rod Henry-Hayes (G) 25:001-4 25%0-2 0%0-0 0%1331001-192
Gairges Daow (G) 15:001-1 100%0-0 0%0-0 0%0000001-162
Noah McCarty (F) 9:001-5 20%0-2 0%0-0 0%1100004-132
Austin Richie (F-G) 11:000-1 0%0-1 0%0-0 0%0100021-100
Caleb Oehlberg (G) 1:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%0000000-10
Brandon Danowski (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Anastasios Demogerontas (F-G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Trendon Hankerson (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Justin Lee (F-G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Alize Travis (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Michigan State
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Cassius Winston (G) 29:008-10 80%6-7 85.7%2-2 100%02700002124
Kenny Goins (F) 26:005-7 71.4%2-4 50%0-0 0%03304111912
Nick Ward (F) 24:002-6 33.3%0-0 0%7-10 70%07210541311
Matt McQuaid (G) 23:003-7 42.9%2-5 40%0-0 0%262000018
Xavier Tillman (F) 22:003-4 75%0-0 0%2-2 100%41340344138
Aaron Henry (F) 15:002-6 33.3%0-2 0%4-6 66.7%1310022248
Joshua Langford (G) 12:001-8 12.5%1-6 16.7%0-0 0%002101073
Foster Loyer (G) 10:001-2 50%1-2 50%0-0 0%000000163
Gabe Brown (F) 9:001-3 33.3%1-2 50%0-0 0%001000093
Jack Hoiberg (G) 1:001-1 100%1-1 100%0-0 0%000000013
Kyle Ahrens (G-F) 18:001-1 100%0-0 0%0-0 0%0310010132
Thomas Kithier (F) 4:001-1 100%0-0 0%0-0 0%120000042
Marcus Bingham Jr. (F) 4:000-0 0%0-0 0%1-3 33.3%041000161
Braden Burke (F-C) 1:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000010
Conner George (G) 1:000-1 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%001000010
Brock Washington (G) 1:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000010
1st Half
Money Line
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Money Line
Spread
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Spread
12/29/2018
12:45 PM
MSU(-13)
-110
NIU
-110
12/29/2018
11:18 AM
MSU(-13)
-110
NIU
-110
12/29/2018
9:36 AM
MSU(-13)
-110
NIU
-110
Total
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Total
12/29/2018
12:45 PM
73½
-110
73½
-110
12/29/2018
11:18 AM
73
-110
73
-110
12/29/2018
9:36 AM
73½
-110
73½
-110
2nd Half
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12/29/2018
1:57 PM
MSU(-9)
-110
NIU
-110
Total
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12/29/2018
1:57 PM
78
-110
78
-110