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Last-second layup gives No. 10 Michigan St. win over Minnesota

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MSU Basketball Coach Tom Izzo coaches his Spartans against High Point University Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 at the Breslin Center.Dsc 3274
MSU Basketball Coach Tom Izzo coaches his Spartans against High Point University Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 at the Breslin Center.Dsc 3274

Joey Hauser made a game-winning layup with 0.1 seconds remaining to lift No. 10 Michigan State to a 71-69 win over Minnesota in a Big Ten Conference matchup on Wednesday night in East Lansing, Mich.

A.J. Hoggard drove toward the rim and dished a pass to Hauser for the winning basket for Michigan State (14-2, 5-0). Max Christie scored 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting, and Gabe Brown had 13 points for the Spartans, who won their ninth game in a row.

Eric Curry scored 19 points and seven rebounds to lead Minnesota (10-4, 1-4). E.J. Stephens contributed 18 points and Payton Willis scored 15.

The score was tied at 69-69 with 25.5 seconds remaining after Stephens made a pair of free throws. That capped a 5-0 run for Minnesota, which trailed 69-64 with 2:23 to go. All five of those points came at the line, with four by Stephens.

Curry injured his left ankle in the final minute of regulation. He grabbed his left ankle and remained on the court for several moments before gingerly limping toward the bench.

A 3-pointer by Tyson Walker gave Michigan State a six-point lead at 51-45 with 13:11 to go in the second half.

Minnesota responded with a 7-0 run to pull ahead 52-51 with 10:14 remaining. Jamison Battle made a pair of jumpers during the run.

The Spartans responded with a 12-5 run to increase their lead to 63-57 with 5:52 to play.

Michigan State built a 34-31 lead at the half.

The Spartans established a double-digit advantage in the first 12 minutes. Hauser made a jump shot off an assist from Hoggard to make it 23-13 with 8:01 remaining in the first half.

The lead was 27-17 when Minnesota went on a 14-7 run to finish the half.

Charlie Daniels and Stephens made back-to-back baskets to start the run. Stephens added a 3-pointer and another jump shot, Curry made a jump shot and Willis contributed a 3-pointer.

The Spartans have two days to prepare before their next game, which is scheduled for Saturday at home against Northwestern.

The Golden Gophers are scheduled to take the court again Sunday, when Iowa is set to visit them in Minneapolis.

–Field Level Media