Michigan State survives Villanova comeback bid, 73-71

Nov 18, 2022, 6:30 AM | Updated: 8:39 pm
Michigan State's Jaden Akins, left, steals the ball from Villanova's Caleb Daniels during the secon...

Michigan State's Jaden Akins, left, steals the ball from Villanova's Caleb Daniels during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 73-71. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

(AP Photo/Al Goldis)

              Villanova's Eric Dixon shoots against Michigan State's Mady Sissoko during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
            
              Michigan State's Mady Sissoko, left, and Joey Hauser, right, and Villanova's Eric Dixon (43) reach for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
            
              Michigan State's Joey Hauser, right, shoots against Villanova's Jordan Longino during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
            
              Michigan State coach Tom Izzo reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
            
              Michigan State's Tyson Walker shoots against Villanova's Chris Arcidiacono during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
            
              Villanova coach Kyle Neptune gives instructions against during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
            
              Michigan State's Joey Hauser (10) passes the ball over Villanova's Eric Dixon (43) as he is running out of bounds during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
            
              Villanova's Brandon Slater, left, Michigan State's Malik Hall, center, and Villanova's Eric Dixon, right, vie for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
            
              Michigan State's Jaden Akins, left, steals the ball from Villanova's Caleb Daniels during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 73-71. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Tyson Walker scored 22 points and Michigan State held off a late Villanova rally to pull out a 73-71 victory on Friday Night.

Walker’s jumper with 1:58 left gave the Spartans a 70-63 lead, but Eric Dixon answered with a 3 to cut the Villanova deficit to 70-66, and after trading layups, Caleb Daniels stole the ball from Michigan State’s Joey Hauser with 53 seconds left and Jordan Longino drained the 3-pointer to get the Wildcats within one, 72-71. Walker hit the first of two free throws with 16 seconds left to make it 73-71 and Dixon’s potential winning 3 caromed off and the Spartans grabbed the rebound.

A.J. Hoggard hit 3 of 6 from distance and posted a double-double for Michigan State (3-1), scoring 13 points and dishing 10 assists. Hauser added 13 points and Malik Hall hit 2 of 3 from behind the arc and contributed 12 points.

Dixon finished with 24 points and nine rebounds to lead Villanova (2-2). Brandon Slater had 16 points and Daniels added 13 points and had three steals.

Both teams head to Portland, Oregon, for the Phil Knight Invitational. Villanova faces Iowa State and Michigan State takes on No. 18 Alabama in first-round games and, Ore. on Thanksgiving Day.

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