'It was a war': MSU shuts down Edwards, Purdue

East Lansing — Cassius Winston had another big offensive night on Tuesday, but the Michigan State guard was clear about who stole the show at the Breslin Center.

Instead, it was the fact Michigan State — namely senior guard Matt McQuaid with an assist from freshman Aaron Henry — held Purdue’s Carson Edwards, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, to a season-low 11 points on just 3-for-16 shooting, including 2-for-13 from 3-point range.

From start to finish, McQuaid dogged the Purdue junior, who was held to less than 20 points just twice this season, scoring 19 in a win over Robert Morris and a loss at Michigan.

While most of those good things were on the defensive side of the ball, the Spartans (14-2, 5-0 Big Ten) got enough going offensively to pull away early in the second half then thwart a potential Purdue comeback late.

After a quick Boilermakers bucket ended the run, Winston closed the scoring with two more free throws to give the Spartans a 39-26 lead at the break.

The Boilermakers had an opportunity to close the gap late in the half after Ward was called for a flagrant foul, but it was the Spartans that took over, scoring nine straight to take a 75-58 lead and effectively put the game away.

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