Four nights after Tom Izzo called out Cassius Winston for his poor play in Michigan State's previous game, the Spartans star responded better than his coach would have expected.
Winston scored a career-high 29 points to go over 1,000 for his career, had six assists and played tough defense on Glynn Watson Jr. while leading No. 6 Michigan State past host Nebraska 70-64 on Thursday.
"Cassius, the way he ran that whole thing, he was like a quarterback dissecting a defense," Izzo said.
At Penn State on Sunday, Winston scored only 11 points while committing seven turnovers. Izzo told reporters it was one of the worst games Winston had played in his three seasons.
Of the Spartans' first 18 field goals Thursday, Winston scored eight of them and had assists on five others. He held Watson, the Cornhuskers' hottest player, to 3-of-13 shooting from the field and eight points.
Michigan State (16-2, 7-0 Big Ten) won its 11th game in a row and extended its school-record conference winning streak to 19 games. The Huskers (13-5, 3-4) had their school-record 20-game home win streak end.
James Palmer led Nebraska with 24 points but struggled mightily from the floor, going 6-for-21.
No. 5 Gonzaga 73, Loyola Marymount 55: Zach Norvell Jr. scored 17 points and the host Bulldogs (17-2, 4-0 West Coast) beat the Lions (13-5, 1-3), their eighth victory in a row since falling out of the No. 1 ranking.
No. 17 Michigan State 77, No. 9 Maryland 60: Jenna Allen had 16 points and Nia Clouden added 15 to lift the host Spartans (13-4, 3-3 Big Ten) over the Terrapins (15-2, 4-2). The Spartans raced out to a 20-4 lead and beat a top-10 team for the second time this season.
Ohio State 76, Penn State 71 (OT): Janai Crooms scored 27 points and the Buckeyes (7-8, 3-3) erased an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter vs. the host Lady Lions (9-8, 2-4) and went on to win in overtime.
No. 22 Iowa 75, Michigan 62: Megan Gustafson had 21 points, 16 rebounds and six assists to lead the host Hawkeyes (13-4, 4-2) over the Wolverines (11-7, 2-4).
No. 7 Mississippi State 89, No. 15 South Carolina 74: Teaira McCowan had one of the best nights of her career, finishing with 26 points and 24 rebounds as the Bulldogs (17-1, 5-0 SEC) beat the Gamecocks (12-5, 4-1) for only the second time in 14 tries dating to 2011.