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Michigan State continues stellar play, edges Villanova

Nov 18, 2022; East Lansing, Michigan, USA;  Villanova Wildcats guard Jordan Longino (15) shoots past Michigan State Spartans guard A.J. Hoggard (11) at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Dale Young-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Dale Young-USA TODAY Sports

Tyson Walker scored 22 points, A.J. Hoggard added 13 points and 10 assists and Joey Hauser contributed 13 points as Michigan State defeated Villanova 73-71 Friday in East Lansing, Mich.

Malik Hall contributed 12 for the Spartans (3-1), who followed their 86-77 double overtime victory over No. 4 Kentucky with an impressive showing against the Wildcats.

Eric Dixon led Villanova (2-2) with 24 points and nine rebounds while Brandon Slater scored 16 points. Caleb Daniels had 13 points.

The Wildcats struggled from the perimeter, going 8-of-29 from 3-point territory.

Villanova continued to play without key injured players Justin Moore (Achilles) and Cam Whitmore (right thumb).

When Dixon dropped in a 3-pointer, Villanova led 14-11 with 9:37 remaining in the first half.

But the Spartans proceeded on an 18-6 run to go ahead 29-20 with 3:40 left. Walker then drove to the basket and scored for an 11-point lead.

Dixon came back with a difficult basket in the low post.

Walker responded with a deep 3-pointer and Michigan State went ahead 34-22 with 58 seconds to go.

The Spartans led 34-24 at halftime thanks in large part to Hauser’s 10 points.

Dixon guided the Wildcats with 12 in the first half.

Chris Arcidiacono knocked down a 3-pointer and Dixon scored in the paint as Villanova closed within 42-36 with 14:22 remaining. But the Spartans scored the next five points, a trey by Pierre Brooks and a dunk by Jaden Akins, for an 11-point advantage.

Walker made another jumper to extend the Spartans’ lead to 59-43 with 9:02 left.

Villanova made it 61-51 when Daniels hit a layup with 6:43 remaining.

Slater stayed aggressive and converted a three-point play, Daniels added a 3-pointer and Villanova closed within 65-61 with 2:54 left.

Walker hit a trey and the Spartans regained a seven-point advantage.

Jordan Longino knocked down a trey with 49.0 seconds left to close within 72-71.

Walker hit 1-of-2 free throws with 16.9 seconds left for a 73-71 lead.

Dixon missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer in the final few seconds.

–Field Level Media