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Michigan State basketball evades Minnesota State, 71-69, on Hauser’s shot

EAST LANSING Nothing was easy about basketball in Michigan. Minnesota made sure of it at their second meeting of the season.

Marcus Bingham Jr. and Tyson Walker were relegated to the bench midway through the second half. The Gophers continued to counterattack any time the ninth-ranked Spartans seemed to be gaining momentum.

That left the match in the hands of AJ Hoggard, Joey Hauser and Malik Hall. And they delivered.

Hoggard drove and bowled to Hauser with 0.1 remaining on the clock to score a 71-69 escape against Gopher on Wednesday night, the Spartans’ ninth straight win in their first game in a week.

Michigan State University players on the bench stormed the field to attack Hoggard and Hoeser after a trumpet sounded seconds later.

“It was one of those weird special moments in a game where you didn’t play well,” said Michigan State University coach Tom Ezo. “And yet I won.” “However, they acted like we just won the National Championship. And I think that wasn’t the game, so much as the situation. And that was cool.”

Michigan State guard Max Christie (5) scores against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the first half on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at Priceline Center.

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Max Christie scored 16 points with five rebounds and four assists to lead MSU (14-2, 5-0). Gabe Brown added 13 points and Walker 10.

But when it came to spending time, it was the unspoken trio of Hoggard, Hall and Hauser that took the lead.

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