Michigan State tops Kentucky in thriller

Tom Izzo’s teams always seem to finish stronger than they start and if these Spartans do that again this season, they could be scary. Despite poor early shooting, they overcome a sluggish start to knock off a top-five team.

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November 16, 2022 - 2:32 PM

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo looks on in the first half of their Big Ten basketball game against Nebraska at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, on Saturday, February 6, 2021. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Michigan State found a way to finish.

The search continues for No. 4 Kentucky — even with consensus national player of the year Oscar Tshiebwe back in action.

Malik Hall forced two extra periods with dunks off inbounds plays, Mady Sissoko delivered two game-changing slams late in the second overtime, and Michigan State rallied to beat No. 4 Kentucky 86-77 on Tuesday night.

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