Michigan State basketball didn’t have Cassius Winston, but that didn’t matter as the Spartans dismantled Western Michigan. What’d we learn?
Without Cassius Winston, there was some worry that the Spartans would struggle at the point guard position, but Foster Loyer had one of the best games of his career and Jack Hoiberg, too, played well off the bench en route to a 96-62 win.
Loyer finished the game with 16 points while Hoiberg had four points and even Rocket Watts returned and had nine points off the bench.
The final score was actually much closer than it should have been with some hot shooting by the Broncos late with some big 3-pointers in the final minutes, but scoring 95 points without your leading scorer at the point guard position is a good sign.
This was a great warm-up for Loyer heading into Big Ten play.
What’d we learn from the Spartans’ blowout win over Western?
3. Rocket Watts looks more than healthy
It was refreshing to see Rocket Watts for the first time in a few weeks and when he came in about midway through the first half, it seemed like he was still taking it light.
But then he got the ball in his hands and showed that he still has plenty of explosion and the rust that everyone expected just wasn’t there. He finished with nine points off the bench on 4-of-7 shooting and he also added five assists.
The shooting woes were concerning early in the season and that injury may have attributed to some of that, but he looked refreshed on Sunday night and played with aggression on the offensive end. If he can step up and contribute that kind of scoring off the bench throughout conference play, the Spartans will be in luck.