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LSJ columnist Graham Couch, Freep beat author Chris Solari and Freep columnist Shawn Windsor break down MSU’s win over OSU.
Mike DeFabo and Graham Sofa and Chris Solari and Shawn Windsor, Lansing State Journal

CHICAGO — Cassius Winston stepped on an Ohio State participant’s foot Friday and grimaced.

He tweaked his ankle but stayed in the recreation — one other damage for the Massive Ten Participant of the Yr.

Winston admitted he was restricted in apply this week after spraining an enormous toe through the second half of No. 6 Michigan State’s win over Michigan in Sunday’s common-season finale.

It affected his play early through the Spartans’ seventy seven-70 victory over the Buckeyes in the Huge Ten event quarterfinals at United Middle, but the level guard nonetheless led all scorers with 18 factors on 4-of-7 capturing whereas enjoying a light-weight (for him, no less than) 22 minutes, 26 seconds.

“It’s feeling good,” Winston stated. “I couldn’t apply a pair days this week, however I obtained capable of move. … I’ll be lots better tomorrow.”

Michigan State guard Cassius Winston drives towards Ohio State’s Musa Jallow and C.J. Jackson throughout first half motion of the Massive Ten event Friday, March 15, 2019 on the United Middle in Chicago, Unwell. (Photograph: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)

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Winston committed three of his four turnovers in the first 5:41, was replaced in the game by Foster Loyer, then had just one more giveaway the rest of the game upon his return.

“My rhythm was off a little bit, just how I was playing,” Winston said. “I gotta lock in more mentally, especially after missing practices.”

The 6-foot-1 junior had seven rebounds, five assists and went 9-of-9 at the free-throw line. He scored all eight of his first-half points in the final 3:30 of the half, then made a critical four-point play in the second half and drew Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson’s fourth and fifth fouls.

MSU coach Tom Izzo said the toe injury “slowed up” Winston, who also has been battling tendinitis in his knees the second half of the season.

“What I really liked is Cassius came back and played really well,” Izzo said. “I absolutely love guys that can take a challenge and respond.”

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