Wisconsin Badgers fall to Michigan State 69-65

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A.J. Hoggard made a tiebreaking layup with 41 seconds left and Michigan State rallied past No. 18 Wisconsin 69-65 on Tuesday night for its seventh consecutive victory.

Wisconsin (11-4, 3-2 Big Ten) was playing its second straight game without leading scorer and three-year starter Tyler Wahl, who averages 13.2 points per game.

Joey Hauser had 20 points for Michigan State (12-4, 4-1), which won its first road game since Dec. 7, when the Spartans beat Penn State 67-58. Tyson Walker added 13 points, Jaden Akins 12 and Hoggard 10.

Steven Crowl scored 19 points, Chucky Hepburn 14 and Connor Essegian 13 for Wisconsin.

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The score was tied at 63 when Hoggard made a move around Wisconsin’s Steven Crowl in the paint and delivered the basket that put the Spartans ahead for good.

After Hepburn missed a 3-pointer, Michigan State’s Mady Sissoko made two free throws to put the lead to 67-63 with 28 seconds left.

Wisconsin’s Max Klesmit made both ends of a one-and-one to cut the lead to 67-65 with 13.5 seconds remaining before Michigan State’s Tyson Walker sank two free throws to complete the scoring with 12.6 seconds left.

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Michigan State made its last eight field-goal attempts and went 16 of 17 from the foul line to win a nip-and-tuck game that featured 14 lead changes. The first 10 minutes of the second half alone had nine lead changes.