GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Michigan State 68, Rutgers 45

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Aaron Henry had 20 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and two steals to help the Spartans pull away and beat Rutgers 68-45.

Michigan State (8-3, 2-3 Big Ten) had a 17-point scoring edge in the second half with a late offensive surge to win a second straight game after opening conference play with three straight losses.

The Scarlet Knights (7-3, 3-3) made just 31% of their shots. With no one guarding them, they were barely better.

Rutgers started 0 of 7 at the foul line and finished making just 3 of 12 free throws, a troubling trend for the potentially promising team.

Ron Harper Jr. had 13 points and Jacob Young scored 11 for Rutgers.

Henry played well enough to allow Michigan State to overcome a season-high 18 turnovers, contributing four giveaways himself. He made desperately needed shots, connecting on 8 of 13 from the field while the rest of the team struggled to score until late in the game.

Reserve Rocket Watts and Joshua Langford each scored 11 points for the Spartans, who led by just six points at halftime.

Henry was the only Michigan State player with more than three points in the first half, but making stops at the other end the entire game made the difference.

Michigan State outrebounded Rutgers 45-25. Associated Press

January 5, 2021