Ward’s 16 points, 11 re­bounds lead No. 6 Michi­gan State over Penn State

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Nick Ward had 16 points and 11 re­bounds to lead No. 6 Michi­gan State to a 71-56 win over Penn State on Sun­day. Matt McQuaid added 15 points and Cas­sius Win­ston chipped in 11 for the Spar­tans (15-2, 6-0 Big Ten), who have won 10 straight. They also beat the Nit­tany Lions (7-10, 0-6) for the 10th con­sec­u­tive time.

Kenny Goins added 10 re­bounds for the Spar­tans, who only trailed for 10 sec­onds and led by as many as 21 with 6:44 to play.

The Spar­tans took con­trol just over five min­utes into the first half with a re­lent­less pos­ses­sion. Fu­elled by a pair of of­fen­sive re­bounds from Goins and Xavier Till­man, the Spar­tans con­trolled the ball for nearly 40 sec­onds and took the lead for good when Win­ston pin­pointed a bounce pass through traf­fic to Goins, who fin­ished with a right-handed dunk. Goins’ jam sparked a 28-14 run for the Spar­tans, who led 40-24 at half­time.

La­mar Stevens led Penn State (7-10, 0-6) with 20 points. Myles Dread, Josh Reaves and Mike Watkins all scored 11 points. The Spar­tans are get­ting by just fine with­out veteran guard Joshua Lang­ford, who missed his fourth straight game with an ankle in­jury.

In his place, a hand­ful of Spar­tans have pro­vided scor­ing depth, in­clud­ing Kyle Ahrens, Aaron Henry and McQuaid.

The Nit­tany Lions are in des­per­ate need of some pos­i­tiv­ity. Their 0-6 start in the Big Ten is their worst since the 2014-15 sea­son, when they fin­ished 4-14 in con­fer­ence play.

Michi­gan State next vis­its Ne­braska on Thurs­day.

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