Michigan State basketball beats Northwestern, 53-49: 3 quick takes

1. MSU earns the right to keep fighting with white-knuckle win over Northwestern

EAST LANSING – A rock fight for their season — that’s what Michigan State’s basketball team won Wednesday night, 53-49, over visiting Northwestern.

There was no championship on the line. No legacy to be made. Just the possibility of embarrassment. Of getting dangerously close to missing the NCAA tournament. Of being that group to break the streak at a program that hasn’t missed the Big Dance since before any of them were born. Of having to celebrate senior night postgame when it would be hard to find anything to celebrate.

“You just can’t lose your last one here,” Tyson Walker said after his final game at Breslin Center. “That’s bad. It ruins the celebration.”

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