Miles Bridges threw down a big alley-oop on the first possession of his return as the Michigan State Spartans rolled over Rutgers on Wednesday.
Miles Bridges is back.
The Michigan State Spartans‘ star freshman made his presence known as soon as he came off the bench as he made his return from ankle injury the Spartans’ 93-65 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Wednesday.
Bridges checked into the game with Michigan State trailing 13-11 coming out of the first media timeout and immediately slammed home a great pass from Matt McQuaid, tying the game and continuing a 30-13 run which put the Spartans ahead for good.
".@MilesBridges01 is back, ladies and gentlemen. 👀#BTNStandout https://t.co/pZj9ccDiNI— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) 4 January 2017"
Here’s another look:
Later on, Bridges made an even more impressive play, finishing a feed from fellow freshman Cassius Winston with a one-handed dunk to put the Spartans up 70-56 with 8:11 left in the second half.
"Um, that ankle looks just fine.Have mercy, @MilesBridges01! 😱#BTNStandout https://t.co/aW8Ls3zAjQ— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) 5 January 2017"
As expected, Bridges’ minutes were limited in his return after he missed the last month with the injury, but seeing him get some air and make that kind of play was certainly a welcome sight for Michigan State. He finished with six points on three-of-five shooting, as well as six rebounds and a pair of blocks in 17 minutes.
Head coach Tom Izzo said on the Spartan Network post-game show that Bridges “was so excited to play, it was scary.” He seemed pleased with Bridges’ play, saying “it was a good stint for him,” and that he had planned on playing Bridges between 15 and 18 minutes. He also added that Bridges is “healthy, he’s fine… no pains.”
With the win, Michigan State moves to 3-0 in conference and is in first place early in the Big Ten season.
Michigan State will take on Penn State on Saturday at the Palestra in Philadelphia. Tip will be at 1:00 on ESPN.