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Michigan State basketball survives offensive drought vs. Maryland in 65-63 win

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Phew, what a finish.

Michigan State basketball (17-4, 8-2) held off a furious comeback by Maryland (11-11, 3-8) to win Tuesday in College Park, 65-63. Malik Hall led the Spartans with 16 points and scored on a right-hand drive with 1.9 second left for the decisive bucket.

MSU led by 15 points but Maryland eventually tied the game with less than a minute left. The Spartans went more than six minutes of game time without scoring in the second half, opening the door for a Maryland upset.

But late free throws by Hall, followed by Tyson Walker forcing a Terrapin turnover gave MSU a chance. After Hall’s layup, Maryland’s half-court heave missed as time expired.

Erick Ayala had 15 and Donta Scott had 14 for the Terrapins.

Contact Chris Solari: csolari@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrissolari. Read more on the Michigan State Spartans and sign up for our Spartans newsletter.

Next up: Terrapins

Matchup: No. 13 Michigan State (17-4, 8-2 Big Ten) at Rutgers (11-10, 3-7).

Tipoff: 4 p.m. Saturday; Jersey Mike’s Arena, Piscataway, New Jersey.

TV/radio: FS1; WJR-AM (760).

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State basketball offensive drought vs. Maryland, 65-63



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