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Roundball recap: MSU basketball remains good at basketball, beats Houston Baptist

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No. 2 Spartans win 10th straight game

NCAA Basketball: Houston Baptist at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

This one was over once Miles Bridges was done tying his shoes in the locker room.

This game will likely be forgotten about by Christmas — heck, maybe even before the end of Hanukkah — but some good takeaways came from it.

Miles Bridges was once again Miles Bridges. He nearly had his season-high by halftime, scoring 20 points on 8/11 shooting going into the break. He also tied his career-high of 33 points on 11/14 shooting. Bridges was getting it all ways, knocking down 3-pointers, driving to the lane and also this...

Nick Ward was pretty much perfect, shooting 9/9 en route to a 20 point performance. Remember panicking about him after the Rutgers game? Yeah? DO YA???

Combined, Ward and Bridges shot 87 percent from the field. I, personally, think they should do that more.

Jaren Jackson was absurd on defense, coming up with six blocks. That somehow isn’t a career-high (eight blocks vs. Rutgers).

I’ll scream it until I’m blue in the face — JAREN JACKSON’S DEFENSE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INDIVIDUAL TRAIT ON THIS TEAM.

NCAA Basketball: Houston Baptist at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Cassius Winston parlayed his incredible closing seven minutes against Oakland into a strong performance against Houston Baptist. He had a career-high 12 assists on the night to go with eight points.

The 100 club was reached with Matt McQuaid’s 3-pointer. It’s the first time MSU has hit 100 since Nov. 18 last season vs. Mississippi Valley State.

The Breslin Block Party was back on. The Big Ten Network threw up a cool stat graphic on the screen during the game; coming into Monday night, MSU had six 10+ block games in program history. This season? They now have six. Yep, it’s been that bad for other teams.

Well, it wasn’t always sunshine. Houston Baptist had 15 offensive rebounds...IN THE FIRST HALF! And MSU roughly had 55 turnovers in the opening five minutes of the game (alright, it was only around five, but still). This clearly didn’t make a difference in the game, but it’s perfect for Izzo because that gives him his ammo for tomorrow’s practice.

Up next on Thursday is Long Beach State, which is a school in California with a 34 percent acceptance rate. Steven Spielberg also graduated from there.

Oh, you want more than quick Wikipedia facts? Fine.

They’re 5-8 on the year with a win over Stanford(!). And, folks, we have a common opponent! Long Beach State took on Southern Utah and lost by five. When MSU played Southern Utah, they did not lose by five.