Hot shooting propels Michigan State to double-digit halftime lead over UCLA
Michigan State seemed tot hit just about every shot it took in the 1st half of Thursday night’s play-in game against UCLA.
The Spartans made 17-of-30 shots from the floor, including 5-of-9 attempts from long range to build a 44-33 advantage on the Bruins through the first 20 minutes of play. They were also 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
It was a balanced half offensively for Michigan State. Julius Marble II and Aaron Henry led the way with 8 points each and Rocket Watts and Joey Hauser each pitched in 7. Gabe Brown added 5 points, as well.
Michigan State also played a really clean half offensively, having just 4 turnovers and committing only 6 fouls. UCLA’s offense has allowed the Bruins to hang around so far, also converting on 50% of their field goal attempts from the floor. Jaime Jacquez Jr. was the high-scorer of the half with 14 points for UCLA.
The winner of Thursday night’s game will play No. 6 seed BYU in the first round on Saturday.