Live updates: MSU leads UCLA, 44-33, at halftime

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Michigan State takes 11-point lead into halftime

Malik Hall hits a free throw out of the break to complete the and-1 and put Michigan State up 29-21.

Jaime Jaquez gets UCLA back on the board with a layup before Aaron Henry drills a 3 moments later to push the lead to 9.

Then it’s Gabe Brown knocking down a 3 in his defender’s face to give the Spartans their biggest lad of the game.

UCLA timeout: Michigan State 35, UCLA 23 (4:23 1st)

Jules Benard makes a 3-pointer to stop the bleeding a bit, but Julius Marble answers with a layup on the other end. Spartans lead by 11.

Joey Hauser hits a 3-pointer of his own to give Michigan State a 14-point lead, which Bernard answers with a 3-point play on the other end.

Jaquez makes a jumper; Gabe Brown puts through a couple of free throws to make it 42-31.

Both teams have trouble finding the hoops on the next few possessions, but Marble hits a layup for Michigan State with 23 seconds left. Jaquez gets a shot off before the buzzer and sinks it to end the half.

HALFTIME: Michigan State 44, UCLA 33 

Spartans finding groove as first half rolls on 

Cody Riley hits a layup for UCLA out of the break to make it 19-17, Spartans.

Rocket Watts hits a 3-pointer, then makes a layup, and forces UCLA to call timeout.

UCLA timeout: Michigan State 24, UCLA 17 (8:47 1st)

Aaron Henry nails a jumper out of the break to extend the lead to 9, which Riley promptly puts back to 7 with a jumpshot.

Johnny Juzang and Malik Hall trade buckets before another TV timeout.

Media timeout: Michigan State 28, UCLA 21 (7:02 1st)

Mid-range game keeps Spartans on top in first half

Malik Hall gets called for a foul inside, and Jaime Jaquez hits 1 of 2 at the line. It’s 9-8, Spartans.

Jacquez continues to work inside, this time getting a bucket without getting fouled to give UCLA its first lead of the game, 10-9.

Marcus Bingham hits two free throws to go back on top before Joey Hauser makes a layup to put it back to 13-10, Spartans.

David Singleton makes a 3 to tie the game at 13.

Bingham and Johnny Juzang trade buckets inside to make it 15-all.

Josh Langford and Joey Hauser nail back-to-back jumpshots for the Spartans to give Michigan State a 4-point lead with just over 10 minutes to go.

Media timeout: Michigan State 19, UCLA 15 (10:02 1st)

Michigan State offense off to hot start vs. UCLA

Aaron Henry gets the first bucket of the game, a deep 3 that gives the Spartans the first lead of the game. Johnny Juzang answers with a 2-point jumper on the other end.

Henry and the Spartans get back to work with a nice dish to Julius Marble that earns 2, a drive to the lane by Rocket Watts that gets 2 more, and a jumpshot by Julius Marble that puts the Spartans up 9-2 fairly quickly.

Jaime Jaquez hits a 3 and a 2 on consecutive possessions to stop the bleeding.

Media timeout: Michigan State 9, UCLA 7 (15:58 1st)

Pregame

Can Michigan State go from First Four to Final Four? The Spartans will begin to answer that question Thursday night.

Michigan State takes on UCLA in an NCAA Tournament play-in game Thursday night at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:57 p.m., and will be televised on TBS.

The Spartans (15-12) needed a late-season flourish to make it this far, winning five of their last seven regular-season games — three coming against foes ranked in the top five nationally. Michigan State stumbled in the second round of the Big Ten tournament, losing to Maryland, 67-58.


UCLA (17-9), meanwhile, enters the tournament on a four-game losing skid, including an 83-79 overtime loss to Oregon State in the Pac-12 tournament. 

Follow along here for live updates from Detroit News contributor Nolan Bianchi.

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