Michigan State basketball hangs on to beat Villanova, 73-71

EAST LANSING — Tom Izzo wished his gamers to stay as dialed in as they had been earlier within the week to upset No. 4 Kentucky.

Michigan State basketball’s outdoors shooters took it to one other degree early Friday night time. And then wanted each ounce of resolve developed up to now week to battle off a ferocious Villanova comeback for a 73-71 victory as a part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games between the Big Ten and Big East.

The No. 25 Spartans locked in on the Breslin Center rims from the outset, hitting 13 of 25 from 3-point vary for the sport to construct as a lot as a 16-point lead halfway via the second half.

But the Wildcats crawled again inside 4 factors with two minutes to play on an Eric Dixon 3-pointer after which inside a degree on Jordan Longino’s 3 with 50.2 seconds remaining.

Tyson Walker hit one in every of two free throws with 16.9 seconds left, and Villanova received the rebound. It was up to MSU’s perimeter protection, and Mady Sissoko stepped out and put a hand in Dixon’s face to forestall what would have been a successful 3-pointer, the ball banging off the backboard and Malik Hall grabbing the rebound as time ran out.

Michigan State guard Tyson Walker handles the ball in front of Villanova's Mark Armstrong during the first half on Friday, Nov.  18, 2022, at the Breslin Center.

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It was the third straight shut sport for MSU, which misplaced, 64-63, on Nov. 11 to No. 2 Gonzaga and beat Kentucky 86-77 in two overtimes Tuesday in Indianapolis as a part of the Champions Classic.

“Today confirmed maturity from us, actually, as a result of some individuals would get glad with an enormous win (in opposition to Kentucky),” stated Walker, who led MSU with 22 factors on 9-for-14 taking pictures and added 5 assists. “We got here to follow the following day and practiced more durable after which the day after that. And we had been prepared for in the present day. … We discovered lots in these two video games.

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