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College basketball: Long Beach State proves no match for well-balanced Michigan State

Miles Bridges had 17 points and nine rebounds as part of a balanced offense that gave No. 2 Michigan State a 102-60 victory over Long Beach State on Thursday night in East Lansing, Mich.

The Spartans (12-1) have won 11 straight with all the victories by double digits and many by 20-plus points.

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The 49ers (5-9) trailed by just five points midway through the first half before Michigan State pulled away. The Spartans led by 16 points at halftime and dominated at both ends of the court to quickly turn the game into another rout.

Michigan State's Joshua Langford had 17 points, Nick Ward scored 16 on seven-olf-eight shooting, Cassius Winston had 13 points and eight assists and Jaren Jackson added 13 points.

“Everybody is starting to get comfortable in their roles,” said Langford. “This team is getting in a great rhythm.”

Long Beach State's only double-digit scorer was Gabe Levin, who had 14 points.

“You have to pick your poison,” 49ers coach Dan Monson said. “You have to hope they have a bad shooting night. That's why we zoned so much. It's just so hard to match up man for man. That balance is impressive and you couple that with sharing the basketball.”

Michigan State's Matt McQuaid tries to drive past Long Beach State's Barry Ogalue during their game Thursday night.
Michigan State's Matt McQuaid tries to drive past Long Beach State's Barry Ogalue during their game Thursday night. (Rey Del Rio / Getty Images)

at No. 16 Purdue 97, Tennessee State 48: Carsen Edwards scored 26 points, P.J. Thompson scored 17 and the Boilermakers (12-2) cruised, taking a commanding lead with a 32-5 run in the last 14 minutes of the first half.

at No. 20 Cincinnati 81, Cleveland State 62: Gary Clark scored 18 points, Kyle Washington scored on a pair of putbacks to spark a late run and after defeating UCLA last Saturday at Pauley Pavilion the Bearcats (11-2) extended the nation’s longest home-court winning streak to 33 games.

at No. 24 Florida State 98, Southern Mississippi 45: P.J. Savoy scored 17 points and the Seminoles (11-1) made 19 three-point shots, one short of a school record.

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