McQuaid steps up as Michigan State downs DePaul


Jaren Jackson Jr. recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Cassius Winston and Josh Langford each tallied 10 points a piece.

Michigan State was without Miles Bridge on Thursday night, so it needed someone to pick up the slack.

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After tying the game at 37 after a Marin Maric layup, the Spartans began to making their run holding the Blue Demons scoreless over the next seven minutes as they went on a 14-0 run to take a 51-37 lead.

The good news for the DePaul Blue Demons is that they are slowly bringing in more talent to the program and things are looking up.

Joshua Langford's 3-pointer with 13:18 left gave the Spartans a 45-37 lead, matching their biggest advantage of the first half.

The victor of Friday game advances to the championship game of the "Victory" bracket on Sunday, where it will face either No. 9 North Carolina or Arkansas. Michigan State also shot 5 of 8 from beyond the 3-point arc in the half. The Spartans then will play one of four teams from the other side of its eight-team bracket on Sunday: North Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas or Portland. "To hold that team to that (shooting) percentage, that spoke volumes about what I learned from my team". The Spartans committed nine turnovers in the opening half that turned into 12 DePaul points.

DePaul, despite shooting 28.6 percent in the first half, stayed in the game because it continued to attack the rim.

The Blue Demons opened the second half scoring with a nice pass from Cain to McCallum for the dunk to take a 33-31 lead.

The Blue Demons appeared to have momentum going into halftime as Cain sank a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to tie the game at 31. In between stints on the bench to rest and get fluids, McQuaid helped No. 4 Michigan State make up for the absence of star Miles Bridges.

The Spartans came right back with a 7-0 run of their own, retaking the lead on a Matt McQuaid three. McQuaid's six made 3-pointers were also a career high, passing his old mark of five a year ago.

For the game, DePaul shot just 25.5 percent from the floor while Michigan State finished at 47.2 percent. They also out-rebounded DePaul 39-24 with 10 of them coming on the offensive end and five of those coming from an unsung hero, former walk-on Conner George.