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Sport Michigan State basketball falls to Virginia Tech, 71-66, to open Maui Invitational

02:35  26 november  2019
02:35  26 november  2019 Source:   freep.com

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The Maui Invitational tends to deliver the drama, and drama was indeed delivered in the event's opening day as Virginia Tech , a 13-point With the win Virginia Tech moves on to face Dayton on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, while Michigan State falls to the losers bracket to take on Georgia on

LAHAINA, Hawaii — So much for No. 3 Michigan State’s quest to win Tom Izzo’s first Maui Invitational.

a basketball player during a game: Michigan State guard Cassius Winston (5) dribbles through the Virginia Tech defense during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)© Marco Garcia, AP Michigan State guard Cassius Winston (5) dribbles through the Virginia Tech defense during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

The Spartans nearly made a miraculous comeback in the final 4 1/2 minutes Monday.

But they did themselves in early with turnovers, fouls and defensive breakdowns. And Virginia Tech did them in late with clutch baskets and a 3-point assault, handing MSU a 71-66 loss on the opening day of the Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center.

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BOX SCORE: VIRGINIA TECH 71, NO. 3 MICHIGAN STATE 66

The Spartans (3-2) now head to what previously was an anticipated matchup with former Izzo assistant Tom Crean and Georgia. Only this one will be in the losers' bracket at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN2). And it also likely eliminates any chance the Spartans might face No. 5 Kansas.

Final flurry

MSU trailed 59-49 with 4:36 to play, but a shift of moving Aaron Henry to point guard for the struggling Cassius Winston nearly rescued the Spartans.

Henry hit a driving layup with 3:18 to play, set up Winston for a 3-pointer with 2:36 left, then swooped into the lane for another bucket. After a layup by the Hokies’ Landers Nolley, Henry drilled a 3-pointer with 1:12 left to make it a 65-64 deficit.

But Nolley answered with Virginia Tech’s 10th 3-pointer of the game. Kyle Ahrens’ driving layup cut it back to within a point, but Wabisssa Bede hit 3 of 6 free throws in the final 37.6 seconds, and Winston and Xavier Tillman each missed shots in the waning moments as the Hokies rebounded and ran out the clock to celebrate.

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The Maui Invitational has been a favorite early-season college basketball tournament since its This year the Silverswords return the Maui bracket and draw Kansas on opening night of the tournament. Chaminade, of course, put itself on the map with an upset of top-ranked Virginia way back in 1982

Virginia Tech , under first-year coach Mike Young, is off to a quick start to the season, opening with an ACC win over Clemson and then draining 21 The Hokies haven't played the schedule Michigan State has -- the Spartans have played two ranked teams in the first four games, including one on the

Winston battled foul trouble in the first half and never found a flow in the second half until it was too late, making just 2 of 8 shots and finishing with seven points, two assists and three turnovers. He was scoreless in the first half, sitting nearly the final 10 minutes with two fouls, and got five of his points in the final 3:33.

Henry led MSU with 18 points and added five rebounds and three assists.

However, the Spartans committed 16 turnovers that led to 20 points for the Hokies.

Xavier Tillman had nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds, but he also committed five turnovers and went just 4 of 10 from the field.

Nolley scored 22 to lead Virginia Tech, one of five Hokies in double digits.

Point problems

Winston went to the bench midway through the first half with two fouls and no points, sitting the final 9:56.

That disrupted the rhythm the Spartans came out with during a hot start in which they had made 7 of 11 shots, though they never led by more than four points in the half. Credit Virginia Tech’s defense for a lot of that as well, as the Hokies continually dropped four or all five players into defense after a shot to prevent MSU from getting out and running in transition.

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  No. 3 Michigan State holds off Georgia 93-85 in Maui Cassius Winston had 28 points and eight assists, and No. 3 Michigan State withstood Anthony Edwards’ second-half outburst to beat Georgia 93-85 at the Maui Invitational on Tuesday. Michigan State (4-2) was sharp early, building a 28-point lead early in the second half. Once Edwards got rolling, the Spartans had no answer. Projected as a lottery pick, the 6-foot-5 Edwards brought the Bulldogs (3-2) back almost entirely by himself, scoring 33 of his 37 points in the second half.Edwards hit 7 of 13 3s — many of those contested — in the second half and threw a two-handed, overhead bounce pass to Rayshaun Hammonds for a layup to pull Georgia within 75-73.

Michigan State Men’s Basketball is currently in Hawaii for the Maui Invitational and they are facing Virginia Tech as 9.5-point favorites. Michigan State is 3-1 and number 3 overall in the Amway Coaches Poll. Virginia Tech is 5-0 and unranked as of now. Odds via BetMGM.

And it's probably a bigger game for the Gators than it is for the Musketeers because, if the Gators lose, they'll fall to 4-3 despite being favored in every game -- and after being ranked No. 6 in the Next up for the Spartans is a game against Virginia Tech in the opening round of the Maui Invitational .

Foster Loyer struggled with operating the offense in two stints, and Rocket Watts hit a pair of deep 3-pointers but made freshman mistakes while running the point for a 5-minute stretch before Loyer replaced him in the last minute.

Watts had four of MSU's 11 turnovers at halftime. Those giveaways led to 12 points for the Hokies, who also hit five first-half 3-pointers to take a 32-28 lead to halftime.

Late in the second half, after Virginia Tech went up by 10, Izzo turned to Henry to run the point. The sophomore nearly rallied MSU to a victory with the ball in his hands and Winston playing off the ball.

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