Spartans hold off late Tech charge
East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) – Paul Davis had 22 points and seven
rebounds, as 13th-ranked Michigan State held on for an 88-86 victory over
Georgia Tech at the Breslin Center.
Shannon Brown netted 22 points and added six assists and Drew Neitzel chipped
in 17 points and seven assists for the Spartans (4-2), who have won their
last three games.
Ra’Sean Dickey had a game-high 24 points and added eight rebounds and Anthony
Morrow contributed 23 points, shooting 7-for-11 from the three-point line, for
the Yellow Jackets (2-2), who have lost their last two games.
The Spartans had a 10-point lead, 81-71, after Maurice Ager hit two free
throws with 1:37 left in the contest.
But Morrow drained a trio of three-pointers and Dickey’s three with six
seconds left made it an 88-86 game.
After Davis missed two free throws for the Spartans, Zam Fredrick’s three-
point shot missed and the Spartans escaped with the victory.
Fredrick finished with 11 points and 10 assists for Georgia Tech.
The Spartans jumped out to a 7-0 lead, with Neitzel’s three-pointer being
sandwiched by two Brown baskets.
However, the Yellow Jackets chipped away and pulled within 27-26 after a Mario
West layup with 6:39 left in the half.
But Ager hit the next two baskets to jump-start a Michigan State 15-6 run to
close out the half, as the Spartans took a 42-32 lead into the locker room.
Ager led all scorers at the half with 12 points. Dickey paced the Yellow
Jackets with 10.
Georgia Tech went on a 9-0 run early in the second half and pulled to within
46-43 after Morrow hit a three-point basket with 17:43 left in the game.
Michigan State tried to pull away, but the Yellow Jackets managed to stay
within striking distance, although they never had a lead in the game.
Georgia Tech will host Virginia on Sunday…The Spartans will play Arkansas-
Little Rock on Saturday…The Yellow Jackets shot 52.2 percent from the floor
and went to the free throw line just six times, making four…Michigan State
shot 54.2 percent and was 17-of-25 from the stripe…Ager finished with 15
points…Jeremis Smith had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.