NCAAB Game Recap - Virginia Tech at Michigan State
Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:07 PM EST

VaTec
71
MSU
66
F
Kansas
93
Chami
63
F
Kent
52
OhSt
71
F
Chat
46
Tenn
58
F
Aub
84
NM
59
F
AlSt
62
VACom
78
F
NE
62
SthAL
74
F
ColSt
70
NMSt
78
F(OT)
(N/A)
51
Drex
84
F
Yale
73
W MI
51
F
GrCan
68
IlSt
63
F
LoyIL
55
SoFL
66
F
Drake
59
MiaO
67
F
Seatt
70
Buck
77
F
UGA
61
Dayt
80
F
Ford
64
W Ky
69
F
Detr
62
ULLa
81
F
WriSt
72
Web
57
F
GMas
60
OlDom
53
F
IUPUI
77
LoyMD
81
F
Valpa
77
Cin
81
F(OT)
KansSt
59
Pitt
63
F
(N/A)
83
Winth
127
F
Wisc
52
Rich
62
F
Butl
63
Mizzu
52
F
Ark
62
GaTec
61
F(OT)
Lipsco
78
TNTec
65
F
(N/A)
56
NoKY
86
F
ChiSt
56
FlaSt
113
F
WaSt
71
Nebras
82
F
Murr
64
LaSal
75
F
South
51
NebOm
78
F
Troy
66
AlaAM
80
F
CSNor
84
WIGB
85
F
SeLA
70
Vand
78
F
TAMIn
52
TexPA
79
F
AbCh
56
TxSt
61
F
(N/A)
45
Oral
99
F
Oakl
50
NIU
74
F
SCSt
66
APSU
92
F
Jacksn
57
Campbl
62
F
Nev
77
BGSU
62
F
ChBap
67
ArkPB
75
F
LaTec
75
Ind
88
F
Brad
51
NW
78
F
TXSo
62
Mont
74
F
Okla
54
Stan
73
F
TNSt
49
SDSU
62
F
BYU
78
UCLA
63
F

Nov 25, 2019, 5:07 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Virginia Tech (6-0)

32

39

71

(3) Michigan State (3-2)

28

38

66

Virginia Tech knocks off No. 3 Michigan State 71-66 in Maui
Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:56 PM

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Landers Nolley II peeled off a screen and, without hesitation, let a 3-pointer fly from the wing. The ball dropped, giving Virginia Tech the cushion it needed to hold off No. 3 Michigan State.

One big shot, one massive victory for the Hokies.

Nolley hit that crucial 3-pointer in the final minute and scored 22 points, helping Virginia Tech outlast the Spartans 71-66 at the Maui Invitational on Monday.

"They believed in me," Nolley said. "And I hit the shot."

Virginia Tech (6-0) had low expectations - at least outside the program - in coach Mike Young's first season in Blacksburg, picked to finish 14th in the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll.

The Hokies grinded through a back-and-forth second half before going up 10 with 4 1/2 minutes left. Michigan State fought back to pull within one, but Nolley responded with a 3 for a 68-64 lead with 47 seconds left.

Virginia Tech made just enough free throws down the stretch to earn a spot in Tuesday's semifinal against Dayton.

"That's a really good player making a big-league play," Young said. "It probably went a long way in getting us out of here with a win."

Michigan State (3-2) trailed 32-28 at halftime after preseason All-American Cassius Winston was limited to eight minutes due to two fouls.

Winston helped sparked a late run, but the Spartans couldn't finish it off. Aaron Henry led Michigan State with 18 points and Winston was held to seven on 2-of-8 shooting.

Michigan State has had a rough start to the season. The preseason AP No. 1, the Spartans lost starting guard Joshua Langford to a foot injury before the first game, and a week later, Winston's brother, Zachary, was hit and killed by a train.

"He was a shell of himself today," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said of Winston. "I think it's been a lot on him. I couldn't have gone through what that kid has gone through, no way. He just looked tired the whole time, I think because of the mental stress he's going through."

Michigan State lost its opening game to No. 9 Kentucky, but bounced back with three straight wins, including a hard-fought victory at No. 13 Seton Hall.

Virginia Tech started the season 5-0 for the second straight season - a first since 1981-82 - but has a revamped roster under Young, who took over after Buzz Williams left for Texas A&M.

The new-look Hokies made a school-record 21 3-pointers against Delaware State in their previous game but had to play a more grinding style against the gritty Spartans.

Taking advantage of Winston's foul trouble, Virginia Tech pressured the Spartans into numerous mistakes, scoring 12 points off 11 turnovers before halftime.

"It's difficult to sit that long," Winston said. "I've got to be smarter than that, make better decisions for my team."

BIG PICTURE

Virginia Tech picked up the kind of determined, resume-building win that could look awfully good when Selection Sunday comes around.

Winston was not able to conjure up any magic and the Spartans clearly have some flaws to work out until Langford returns in January at the earliest.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech plays Dayton in Tuesday's semifinals.

Michigan State faces Georgia.

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Leaders

Virginia Tech PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Radford 0 0 0 1 1 0
L. Nolley II 22 0 5 4 3 2
Michigan State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Hall 0 0 1 2 0 0
F. Loyer 0 0 1 1 0 0

Team Comparison

VaTec MSU
Points For 71 66
Field Goals 23/52-44% 24/59-41%
Three Pointers 10/21-48% 8/23-35%
Free Throws 15/22-68% 10/14-71%
Offensive Rebounds 8 17
Defensive Rebounds 19 26
Rebounds 29 47
Blocks 6 2
Steals 8 3
Turnovers 9 16
Personal Fouls 16 20
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - VaTec Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Nov 25 VaTec 71 @ MSU 66 J. Ojiako 2 M. Bingham Jr. 2

Game Information

Stadium: Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, Hawaii
Attendance: 2,400
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