Malik Hall rescues Michigan State with late game-winner vs. Maryland
Winning a road game in the B1G is never easy. Michigan State and Maryland proved that Tuesday with the Terrapins fighting the No. 13 Spartans all the way to the wire.
Maryland fell behind heading into the break with Michigan State holding a 35-25 lead at halftime. That lead grew to 15 points in the second half but the Terrapins slowly chipped away.
The Terrapins eventually tied the game at 61-all on a Fatts Russell 3-pointer and then again at 63-all with some Donta Scott free throws. Maryland even had a chance to go ahead with less than 40 seconds remaining but Russell was stripped while driving for a layup.
That gave Michigan State a chance to win it, and Malik Hall delivered:
MALIK HALL GIVES MICHIGAN STATE THE LEAD VS MARYLAND WITH 1.9 SECONDS REMAINING!!! pic.twitter.com/JdOAnWzHHi
— Mr Matthew CFB (@MrMatthewCFB) February 2, 2022
That bucket held up as the game-winner with Russell’s halfcourt heave no good. Hall’s final bucket gave him a game-high 16 points off the bench on a night that saw Marcus Bingham Jr., Joey Hauser, and Julius Marble II all deal with foul trouble.
The win pushes the Spartans into a 3-way tie for first place in the B1G. Now at 8-2 in conference play, Michigan State is tied with Illinois and Wisconsin for the lead.