Tyson Walker buries clutch 3-pointer to lead Michigan State to upset win over No. 4 Purdue
Tyson Walker was the hero in East Lansing on Saturday afternoon.
With the game knotted 65-65 with under 16 seconds to play, Walker went to his go-to move and buried a clutch 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining in the game to put Michigan State ahead 68-65 on No. 4 Purdue. It proved to be the game-winning bucket.
It was Walker’s only field goal of the second half in the win. He ended the game with 8 points, shooting 2-of-4 from behind the 3-point line.
Tyson Walker just hit the biggest shot of his life. 😱 pic.twitter.com/jlV4C1LR8u
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) February 26, 2022
The win for Michigan State is significant, as it had lost 5 of its last 6 contests. The Spartans had also dropped their previous 3 games, including a 26-point loss to Iowa on Tuesday.
Michigan State led by as many as 11 points around the 10-minute mark in the second half. Purdue was able to storm back down the stretch, forcing the Spartans to hit some clutch baskets late.
Four Spartans finished the game in double figures, led by Gabe Brown who had 13. Julius Marble II scored 12 and Max Christie and AJ Hoggard both pitched in with 11.
Michigan State improved to 19-9 with the win and has secured at least a .500 finish in the B1G, now sitting at 10-7 with 3 games to play.