MSUToday
Published: March 18, 2017

Ward leads furious rally past Miami, 78-58

Contact(s): Matt Larson Athletics office: (517) 355-2271 larson@ath.msu.edu

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo wasn't sure if his talented but inexperienced freshmen were ready to abandon their more comfortable up-tempo ways and play ''smash mouth'' basketball.

Two of those freshmen showed they could play any way they wanted in their NCAA Tournament debuts, leading the ninth-seeded Spartans (20-14) to an opening-round 78-58 win over No. 8 seed Miami on Friday night. Read more at msuspartans.com.