Michigan State basketball outlasts Kentucky in 2OT, 86-77

INDIANAPOLIS — Another top-5 opponent taken to the wire.

This time, Michigan State basketball took No. 4 Kentucky to overtime. And then another. Punching back every time Oscar Tshiebwe and the Wildcats looked ready to finish it off. The type of high drama that, three games into the season, the Spartans are getting used to.

Tyson Walker and Mady Sissoko made sure Friday’s history didn’t repeat itself. The duo connected on a pair of alley-oop dunks in the second overtime as MSU used an 11-0 takeover run to give Tom Izzo’s team an 86-77 victory over Kentucky in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

“It was a big program win, not an individual win,” said Izzo, who improved to 5-7 in the Champions Classic and 3-1 against the Wildcats in the event.

Tshiebwe, the reigning national player of the year, made his season debut for Kentucky (2-0), coming off the bench and finishing with 22 points and 18 rebounds before fouling out in the first overtime.

Kentucky forward Daimion Collins guards Michigan State forward Joey Hauser during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in Indianapolis.

But Joey Hauser shook off a brutal game against Gonzaga and an ugly missed shot on his first attempt against Kentucky to finish with 23 points and eight rebounds. He hit a pair of critical midrange jumpers in the final 2:37 of regulation, including one on a set play with 1:04 to play, then grabbed a defensive rebound after a miss by Tshiebwe.

Malik Hall’s dunk with 3.7 seconds left off a pass from AJ Hoggard sent the game to overtime. And Hall did it again to send it to a second OT, flushing one with 1.4 seconds left in the first extra period. Hall finished with 20 points and five rebounds.

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