3 takeaways from Michigan State basketball's Senior Night win over Northwestern

Michigan State's Tre Holloman celebrates after sinking free throws against Northwestern during the
Michigan State's Tre Holloman celebrates after sinking free throws against Northwestern during the / Nick King/Lansing State Journal / USA
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Senior Night is usually one of the best games of the year for Michigan State basketball. It often results in a blowout of some sort as Tom Izzo gets to check his seniors out for one final time at the Breslin Center and they kiss the Spartan logo at midcourt to say their final farewell.

Wednesday was not quite that fun.

Michigan State had to fight, scratch, and claw its way to a 53-49 win on a night when nothing was falling offensively. The Spartans finished the game shooting 32 percent from the floor and just 2-for-17 from 3-point range. It was one of the ugliest wins in recent memory.

But the seniors got to enjoy one final win at home after a tough two-game skid against Iowa and Ohio State in East Lansing and they also got to kiss midcourt after the game.

What'd we learn from this Senior Day win?

3. This is Tre Holloman's team next year

With the game on the line and Jaden Akins struggling, Tom Izzo made the surprising move to go to Tre Holloman down the stretch. His sophomore backup point guard had been playing well, so maybe the move wasn't all that shocking, but it was one of those decisions that really helped secure the win for Michigan State and Akins has to know not to take it personally.

Holloman played 25 minutes to Akins' 24 and really looked good in his extended action, scoring 12 points and grabbing four rebounds. He didn't have any assists but he did add a steal which was huge for the defensive momentum.

Not only did he score 12 big points off the bench, but four of them came on huge free throws down the stretch, including two that extended the lead to four in the final seconds, putting the cherry on top of a big-time win. He was clutch and showed next to no fear of the moment.

This is Holloman's team next year, folks.