MSU's four-game win streak snapped in OT

Minnesota downs Spartans 96-90 in extra frame after a big 3-pointer with less than three seconds left from Carlos Morris

Michigan State led most of the way against Minnesota on Thursday night, but – as has been the case for most Big Ten games at Breslin Center this season, it came down to the final moments.

The Spartans went to overtime for fourth time in eight conference home games, dropping to 2-2 and seeing a four-game win streak come to an end in a 96-90 loss to the Gophers.

Minnesota’s Carlos Morris hit a 3 over Gavin Schilling – and drew the foul – with less than three seconds left to tie the game 78-78. Morris missed the free throw and the game went to the extra frame, where Michigan State never led.

Minnesota hit 14 of 20 free throws in overtime, while the Spartans struggled from the line, hitting just 5 for 9.

A Denzel Valentine 3-pointer was the first field goal for the Spartans in overtime with 38.2 seconds left to pull MSU within 91-88. But Deandre Mathieu stepped to the line and hit both free throws and Valentine and Trice missed 3-point attempts to all but wrap it up.

MSU used some hero shots from Trice down the stretch in regulation to put itself in position to win.

The Spartans trailed 67-64 with 3:54 remaining, but that changed when Trice hit a step back 3-pointer late in the shot clock to tie it 67-67 with 2:26 to go.

Another Trice 3 put MSU ahead 70-69 after a Joey King lay in put Minnesota ahead 69-67. Then Breslin Center exploded as Branden Dawson stripped Gophers point guard Nate Mason, got the ball on a feed from Trice and threw down a huge dunk to give MSU a 72-69 lead.

Maurice Walker stepped to the line and missed the front end of a one-and-one, with Dawson pulling down the rebound. Trice stepped to the line, hitting the front end, but missed the back end. Dawson went hard for rebound, though, and it deflected out of Walker’s fingertips, giving the ball back to MSU with a 73-69 lead.

This time, Trice hit both free throws to put MSU ahead 75-69, but Morris hit a 3 over Dawson to pull Minnesota within 75-72.

Valentine hit a pair of free throws, but Dawson fouled Minnesota’s Joey King on a 3-point attempt and the junior hit all three to pull Minnesota to 77-75.

With 12.8 seconds left, Valentine missed his first free throw and made his second to put Michigan State ahead 78-75.

But Morris hit the game-tying 3 to send the game on to overtime.

The Spartans were boosted early by a big performance from Valentine, who hit four first-half 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 27 points.

Alvin Ellis had a season-high seven points, all in the first half, for the Spartans.


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