Big Ten Conference

Rutgers staggers Michigan State 67-37, 1st win over Spartans

Myles Johnson scored 13 points with 14 rebounds and five blocked shots and Rutgers staggered Michigan State 67-37 on Thursday night, allowing the fewest points ever since joining the Big Ten and defeating the Spartans for the first time.

The Scarlet Knights had lost to Michigan State 12 times, including all 11 since joining the conference in the 2014-15 season.

The Spartans (8-5, 2-5) were coming off a 20-day pause after a series of positive COVID-19 tests among players and staff, and may have been caught flat-footed as Rutgers opened the game on a 15-0 run.

Neither team shot all that well, It took more than 32 minutes before any player (Johnson) reached double figures in scoring.

Coach Tom Izzo's squad was still without Mady Sissoko, Gabe Brown and Dave Smith.

Rutgers largest margin of victory in a conference game since Feb. 15, 2004 (85-52 vs. Virginia Tech) when it was in the Big East.

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