MAUI, Hawai’i, Sporting Alert – Freshman Landers Nolley II scored 22 points and Virginia Tech stunned No. 3 Michigan State 71-66 in Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Monday.
Nolley, who made four 3-pointers and went perfect from eight tries from the free throws, also had five rebounds, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the win.
P.J. Horne finished with 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting from the field to go with seven rebounds, Wabissa Bede ended with 11 points and five boards and Nahiem Alleyne and Hunter Cattoor each scored 10 points for the Hokies, who improved to 6-0.
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Aaron Henry led Michigan State with 18 points and Xavier Tillman grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds in the defeat.
However, top point guard Cassius Winston, who is averaging 17.5 points and seven assists this season, was held to just seven points as the Spartans (3-2) saw their two-game win streak snapped.
Virginia Tech took a 43-42 lead when Horne connected on a 3-pointer with 10:49 to play in the second half and they went on to build on that.
Another triple from Nolley with 4:41 to play gave the Hokies a 10-point, 59-49 lead, but Michigan State weren’t prepared to go away.
The Spartans managed to pull within one at 65-64 with a little over one minute to play, Nolley made another 3-pointer with 0:50 and Bede made his free throws down the stretch for the Atlantic Coast Conference outfits to hold on for the upset victory.
Virginia Tech will be back action again on Tuesday against Dayton (4-0) in the semifinals of Maui Jim Maui Invitational at 3 p.m. ET and live on ESPN.
Dayton cruised to an 80-61 win over Georgia in Monday’s opener.
Michigan State takes on Georgia in the consolation bracket on Tuesday