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Michigan State Basketball: 5 takeaways from resilient win over Rutgers

Tom Izzo refuses to lose to Rutgers.

Even on a night when Michigan State looked like it were going to fall apart because of Nick Ward’s absence, the Spartans were resilient in the second half and fought back to take a lead with about 12 minutes left and never looked back.

This was Rutgers’ chance to pull off a mammoth upset, but not even an 11-point second-half lead was enough to keep the Spartans down as they went on a 20-3 run and put the Scarlet Knights away, sending them home with a tough loss.

What did we learn from Michigan State’s resilient victory?