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College Sports

No. 19 Iowa can’t hold lead in loss to No. 6 Spartans

Iowa forward Tyler Cook drives past Michigan State forward Xavier Tillman, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Iowa forward Tyler Cook drives past Michigan State forward Xavier Tillman, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa had the crowd rocking and plenty of momentum on its side.
But sixth-ranked Michigan State had the necessary toughness, blowing past the upstart Hawkeyes in a vintage Tom Izzo performance on the road.

Cassius Winston scored 23 points, Nick Ward had 21 points with 10 rebounds and the Spartans beat No. 19 Iowa 82-67 on Thursday night, extending their winning streak to 13 games.

Matt McQuaid added three second-half 3-pointers for the Spartans (18-2, 9-0 Big Ten), who used a 24-2 run just after halftime to secure a school-record 21st consecutive league victory.

“What I’ve been most impressed with my team is ... they’re responding to things. They don’t take things personal,” said Izzo, the longtime Michigan State coach. “I was pleased with how we finished the game.”

Tyler Cook scored 11 points in the first four minutes of the second half to give Iowa a 50-42 lead.

But he was soon matched by the unflappable Winston, who hit three 3-pointers in a row to help the Spartans retake the lead, 53-50.

Ward’s three-point play pushed the run to 14-0 and put Michigan State ahead 56-50 — mere moments after it appeared Iowa might pull away.

McQuaid’s trey and three more points from Winston, this time at the foul line, gave the Spartans a 66-52 edge.

“That kid is a special player,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said of Winston. “He makes big shots in very important situations. He’s really consistent at doing that. ... That’s why they are where they are.”

Luka Garza scored 20 points and Cook had 17 for Iowa (16-4, 5-4), which won its previous five games.

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