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Huskies Fall to No. 4 Michigan State, 77-57

Larrier reached his fifth-straight game in double-figures (PC: Rick Morgan).
Nov. 25, 2017

Final Stats


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Junior Jalen Adams led the UConn men's basketball team with 22 points and redshirt junior Terry Larrier added 18, but the Huskies struggled to find offensive rhythm in Friday night's 77-57 loss to No. 4 Michigan State in the PK80 Invitational. 

The Huskies (4-1) missed an opportunity at grabbing a significant win in the early part of the season, as 13 turnovers and a 40-14 deficit in paint scoring helped to snap their four-game winning streak to begin the 2017-18 campaign. 

Cassius Winston was responsible for 14 of Michigan State's 16 points during the spurt where Michigan State hit eight straight shots and took a 14-point lead in the second half. Winston led all scorers with 28 points in the win for the Spartans. 

Winston was 12-of-15 shooting and for the second straight game the Spartans (4-1) got a big contribution from an unexpected source to help make up for star Miles Bridges being limited. Michigan State made 10 straight shots until Joshua Langford missed with 2:15 remaining.

As a result of the outcome, the Huskies will face Arkansas in their final game of the PK80 Invitational on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET, live on ESPN. 

Michigan State pulled away with Bridges not very involved in the outcome. The preseason All-America returned after sitting out Thursday's tournament opener against DePaul with a sprained left ankle suffered last Sunday. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Bridges was close to playing against the Blue Demons, but the extra day of rest would help.

Adams, Larrier and redshirt freshman Alterique Gilbert combined for 50 of UConn's 57 points, but the Spartans shot 69-percent as a team in the second half (20-of-29) and pulled away from the Huskies at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. 

THE TAKEAWAY

UConn: The Huskies simply didn't have any interior presence against the Spartans. UConn's starting forwards - Tyler Polley and David Onuorah - combined to be held scoreless, although Polley played just 8 minutes.

Michigan State: Winston's previous career-high was 21 points against Northeastern last season. He has scored in double figures in every game this season except the Spartans only loss to Duke. He had 11 assists in that game.

UP NEXT

UConn: The Huskies will take on Arkansas on Sunday.

Michigan State: The Spartans will face No. 9 North Carolina on Sunday night.

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