Michigan State Basketball Bravely Battles Rutgers in Thrilling 61-55 Loss at MSG

Brief summary of Michigan State’s 61-55 defeat against Rutgers

Michigan State basketball suffered a 61-55 defeat at the hands of Rutgers on Saturday. Despite the team having spent much of its extra time off improving its offense, neither team was able to sustain any rhythm or find success shooting from long range. Despite the Spartans having a 44-34 rebounding advantage, they only made 34.5% of their shots from the field and 4-for-21 from 3-point range. Guard Paul Mulcahy scored 12 of his 17 points in the final 10 minutes for Rutgers, securing the win for the Scarlet Knights.

Physical play and poor shooting from both teams

The game started off as a struggle for both teams, with physical play and poor shooting. The Spartans managed to keep the Scarlet Knights to just 1-for-10 from 3-point range and 24.1% shooting overall in the first half. However, the Spartans also struggled, going 1-for-9 from 3-point range and 37.9% shooting in the first half. MSU center Mady Sissoko went to the bench with two fouls and sat for the rest of the period. Meanwhile, Rutgers suffered a setback when Mawot Mag collided on a drive with Jaden Akins and appeared to suffer a knee injury.

Spartans Fight to Remain in the Game

Despite the struggles, the Spartans fought to remain in the game, with Tyson Walker leading the team with 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Joey Hauser added 10 points, Jaden Akins scored nine with six boards, and A.J. Hoggard scored eight points. However, Hoggard also committed five of the Spartans’ 14 turnovers.

Clutch Performance Secures the Win for Rutgers

In the end, it was the clutch performance of Paul Mulcahy that sealed the win for Rutgers. Mulcahy scored five straight points after the Spartans pulled within 46-44, including back-to-back layups in the final three minutes that proved to be a knockout punch. The Scarlet Knights secured the win at the free-throw line, where they were 22-for-34 in the game and 18-for-27 in the second half.

Reactions from Coaches

Michigan State Basketball coach Tom Izzo acknowledged the challenges faced by his team, stating that there were a lot of reasons to complain about the offense and the turnovers. He also pointed out that despite Rutgers shooting only 37%, their ability to get to the hole and get layups was not good defense. On the other hand, Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell described the game as not a thing of beauty but beautiful to him, as his team figured out a way to win.


In conclusion, Saturday’s game was a tough one for both Michigan State Basketball and Rutgers. Despite the struggles, the Spartans fought to remain in the game, but it was the clutch performance of Paul Mulcahy that secured the win for Rutgers. The Spartans will face Maryland for the only time this season on Tuesday night in East Lansing.

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