On the verge of their longest losing streak at home in nearly 20 years, the Michigan State Spartans welcomed the Maryland Terrapins into the Breslin Center. It was also the first installment for ESPN’s College Gameday this season.
A tightly-contested game for all 40 minutes, the Spartans were able to hang on and end their three-game skid with a 74-65 victory.
The seniors led the way for Michigan State (17-4, 4-4 Big Ten). Bryn Forbes led all scorers in the game with 25 points, including 4-8 from 3-point land. Wooden Award candidate Denzel Valentine had a monster game with 19 points and 14 rebounds and was two assists shy of his third triple-double of the season. Matt Costello also posted a double-double of his own, netting 15 points and grabbing 12 boards.
Costello was the hero late in the game, as two of his rebounds, one on each end of the floor and a pair of free throws helped put the game on ice.
Maryland (17-3, 6-2 Big Ten) got major contributions from their key players. Their Wooden Award candidate, sophomore Melo Trimble, totaled a team-high 24 points and also ripped down seven rebounds. Junior transfer Robert Carter Jr. was the only other Terrapin in double-figures tonight with 13 points.
Now finally back on the winning side of the scoreboard, the next time the Spartans take the court will be next Thursday, January 28th in Evanston to take on the Northwestern Wildcats. Tip is set for 9 PM ET on ESPN.