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Michigan State basketball pulls away from Rutgers, 77-65, led by Cassius Winston

EAST LANSING — Rutgers has made Michigan State basketball earn every win between the teams over the past two seasons.

Sunday night’s Big Ten opener was no different. And neither was the final outcome.

The 12th-ranked Spartans shuffled their lineup and struggled at times. To find consistency, to know where each other would be, to score and shoot and control the ball. Because the Scarlet Knights made everything hard.

Yet every time the Scarlet Knights pulled close, MSU found its counterpunch from its Big 3 – plus 1 – to keep them at bay.