East Lansing, Mich. (AP) – Tyson Walker scored a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3 seconds to help Michigan State top No. 4 Purdue 68-65 on Saturday.
The Spartans (19-9, 10-7) gave Tom Izzo his 662nd win, equaling Bob Knight’s total in Indiana, recorded by a coach at a Big Ten school.
The Boilermakers (24–5, 13–5) had won three straight and nine out of 10 overall.
Purdue’s Zach Eddy scored a career-high 25 points. Jaden Ivey had 16 points and Travian Williams added 11.
Gabe Brown of Michigan State had 13 points. Julius Marble scored 12 points while Max Christie and AJ Hoggard scored 11 points.
Purdue rallied from a deficit of 11 points in the middle of the second half and pulled into a tie twice in the last minute.
The Boilermakers had two chances to advance the game after Walker’s 3-pointer beat Shot Clock.
On the first attempt, Williams’s pass from the far baseline passed through Ivey’s hands just before half court. After Michigan State failed to play the ball, .4 seconds were put on the clock and Purdue could not take advantage with a pass at the frontcourt that was smashed by Malik Hall.
Michigan State scored 6 of 10 3-pointers on the way to a 35-33 lead at the break. The Baylormakers made 10 of 13 free throws before halftime while the Spartans were 1 of 3 in line.
Purdue: Eddie had one of the best performances of his career, and the timing was good for his team as some of his teammates struggled aggressively. He had not scored 20 points in almost a month and exceeded his previous career high of 24 points, which was in a loss against Wisconsin on January 3.
Michigan State: The Browns come back from a five-game slump. Brown averaged 3.9 points and was held without a score twice, shooting 19% in the last five matches.
Boilers are likely to slip into the polls, and Michigan State could break into the top 25 with its impressive win.
Purdue: The regular season kicks off at No. 13 Wisconsin on Tuesday and at home against rival Indiana on Saturday.
Michigan State: Play rival Michigan on the road Tuesday, No. 22 at Ohio State on Thursday, and Maryland the following Sunday.
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