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Michigan State men’s basketball defeats Northwestern 53-49 on Senior Night


LANSING, Michigan — Tyson Walker scored 19 points, Malik Hall had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and the Michigan State men’s basketball team beat Northwestern 53-49 on Wednesday night, defeating the Michigan State seniors in their final home game.

The defense controlled the final 5 1/2 minutes of an already low-scoring game. Walker’s consecutive layups were the only baskets for both teams in the 4-minute period, and the Spartans took the lead 51-46 with 1:44 left.

Northwestern finally got a basket and Ryan Langborg’s three-pointer made the score 51-49 with about a minute left in the game. Michigan State ran the shot clock, but Walker missed the basket with 28 seconds left. Langborg missed a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left, then Michigan State’s Tre Holloman made two free throws with 9 seconds left. Trailing by four points, Northwestern’s Boo Buie missed with 3 seconds left and Holloman rebounded to end the game.

Buie led Northwestern (20-10, 11-8 Big Ten) with 15 points, while Nick Martinelli scored 12 points. Brooks Barnhizer played with 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats, shooting 35%.

Holloman had 12 points for the Spartans (18-12, 10-9), who shot 32% from the field. They took a 46-35 lead in rebounding with 19 offensive rebounds, but only had 10 second-chance points.

Hall made three straight field goals early in the second half and Michigan State took a 28-27 lead in the first 2.5 minutes. Unlike the first half, when their only lead was 1-0, the Spartans held the lead for six minutes until Buie’s field goal put Northwestern up 38-37.

The lead changed hands several times, and the biggest lead over the next few minutes was Michigan State’s 42-38 lead with 8:30 left. The score was tied at 45 with 5 1/2 minutes left.

Buie scored 9 points in the first half, making 3 of 4 3-pointers, and Northwestern led for 18 minutes of the game. Michigan State shot 22% in the first half but trailed 25-20 at halftime.

Northwestern, which has surrendered its sole grip on third place and is now tied with Nebraska, will wrap up the regular season by hosting Minnesota on Saturday.

Michigan State, tied for sixth place with Iowa, finished the race in Indiana on Sunday.


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