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Cooks posts double digits, Allen remains physical against No. 18 Minnesota

January 10, 2019
<p>Sophomore forward Sidney Cooks (10) fights to hold the ball during the first half of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 9, 2019 at Breslin Center. The Spartans lead the Gophers, 43-29 at halftime.</p>

Sophomore forward Sidney Cooks (10) fights to hold the ball during the first half of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 9, 2019 at Breslin Center. The Spartans lead the Gophers, 43-29 at halftime.

Photo by Sylvia Jarrus | The State News

Sophomore forward Sidney Cooks had a huge night, scoring 21 points off the bench, leading all of the Spartans in scoring. 

The No. 23 Spartans upset No. 18 Minnesota, 86-68, moving to 2-2 in Big Ten play. 

“It feels really good because I feel all the good teams have people that come off the bench and be able to contribute, those are the best teams. Everyone who goes in has a purpose.” Cooks said. “Coming off the bench and helping my teammates out, that’s what I got to do, that’s what I’m going to do.”

The first half the Spartans shot 51.3 percent from the field putting the Spartans up 43-29 at the half. 

At halftime, the Michigan State Dance team, dressed in teal dresses, performed a dance dedicated to Sexual Assault survivors, as the one year mark of the exposure of the Nassar Scandal looms over the MSU community. 



The MSU defense capitalized on Minnesota’s mistakes in the second half, leading to Minnesota’s demise as well as a 24 point deficit late in the fourth.

The Jenna Allen-Annalese Lamke matchup was physical from the beginning. Allen fed off of the tired energy Lamke and her counterpart Palma Kaposi exhibited in the second half, allowing the Spartans to score 42 points in the paint over the span of four quarters. 

The Spartans lead the the conference in three pointers and shot 30.4 percent compared to Minnesota’s lone three made in the first quarter. 

The Spartans are now 10-0 at home. 

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