Cassius Winston made his final home game against Michigan special, scoring a career-high 32 points and adding nine assists as No. 14 Michigan State rolled to an 87-69 victory over the No. 12 Wolverines on Sunday afternoon.
“It was one of the greater performances that this building has seen,” said Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, who has witnessed a slew of games at the Breslin Center as a head coach and assistant over the past three decades. “I don’t think any of us will ever be able to appreciate what that kid has gone through and how he has handled it.”
Winston has had a heavy heart for nearly two months because his younger brother, Zachary, died after being hit by a train.
“Cassius is a superb, phenomenal player,” Michigan head coach Juwan Howard said. “He does an excellent job of reading whatever defense you throw at him. Give him credit. He’s crafty. There’s a reason why he was the Player of the Year in the Big Ten.”
Winston was 11-for-19 from the field and 8-for-11 at the line. He had just two turnovers in his 38-minute outing.
The Spartans (12-3, 4-0 Big Ten) were ahead the entire game against the Wolverines (10-4, 1-2), leading by as many as 13 points in the first half and earning a bigger cushion in the second, to beat their rivals for a fourth consecutive time.
#20 Dayton 80, St. Joseph’s 67: Trey Landers and Ryan Mikesell each had 18 points as the Flyers (11-3, 2-0 Atlantic 10) beat the host Hawks (3-11, 0-2). Ryan Daly had 22 points for St. Joseph’s.
Washington 72, USC 40: Isaiah Stewart had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Quade Green added 14 points to pace the host Huskies (11-4, 1-1 Pac-12) against the Trojans (12-3, 1-1). Onyeka Okongwu had 12 points to lead USC.
Oregon State 76, Colorado 68: Ethan Thompson had 24 points and Tres Tinkle hit a go-ahead layup with 2:25 left as the Beavers (11-3, 1-1) beat the host Buffaloes (12-3, 3-1). Tyler Bey had 20 points for Colorado
UConn overpowers host SMU 80-42
Christyn Williams scored 21 points and Megan Walker added 15 as top-ranked UConn warmed up for a meeting with No. 6 Baylor on Thursday by rolling to an 80-42 win over SMU in Dallas.
The Huskies (12-0, 3-0 American) built a double-digit lead early, helped by the Mustangs (6-7, 0-1) hitting only 3 of 16 field-goal attempts in the first quarter.
“We’re adamant about setting the pace, and we did,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said.
Amber Bacon led SMU with 12 points.
#2 Oregon 88, Utah 51: Miramonte-Orinda alum Sabrina Ionescu had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help the host Ducks (12-1, 2-0 Pac-12) defeat the Utes (7-7, 0-3). Ruthy Hebard had the 46th double-double of her career with 13 points and 12 rebounds and Salesian-Richmond alum Minyon Moore added 15 points for Oregon. Lola Pendande had 12 points to lead the Utah.
#3 Oregon State 72, Colorado 60: Mikayla Pivec had 16 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists as the host Beavers (14-0, 2-0 Pac-12) beat the Buffaloes (12-2, 1-2). Peanut Tuitele led Colorado with 15 points.
#4 So. Carolina 93, Alabama 78: Zia Cooke scored 20 points and Aliyah Boston had 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Gamecocks (14-1, 2-0 SEC) topped the host Crimson Tide (10-5, 0-2).
#7 Louisville 60, Duke 55: Dana Evans hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining and Bionca Dunham hit two free throws with 16 seconds left to help the host Cardinals (14-1, 3-0 ACC) hold off the Blue Devils (7-7, 1-2).
#8 Florida State 73, #23 Miami 62: Kiah Gillespie scored 21 points as the Seminoles (14-1, 3-1 ACC) rebounded from their first loss of the season by beating the host Hurricanes (9-5, 1-2).
#9 N.C. State 80, Virginia 60: Elissa Cunane had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Wolfpack (14-0, 3-0 ACC) against the Cavaliers (5-9, 0-3).
#10 UCLA 70, #18 Arizona 58: Michaela Onyenwere scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the host Bruins (14-0, 3-0 Pac-12) extended the best start in program history by downing the Wildcats (13-1, 2-1). Aari McDonald had 19 points for Arizona.
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