Virginia Tech upsets third-ranked Spartans, 71-66, at Maui Invitational


The Virginia Tech bench and fans react after defeating Michigan State at an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

LAHAINI, Hawaii (WFXR) — Virginia Tech used an 8-0 run late in the second half and held on to upset No. 3-ranked Michigan State, 71-66, at the Maui Invitational Monday.

Landers Nolley II led the Hokies with 22 points and five assists as Virginia Tech improved to 6-0.

VT led by as many as ten points in the final five minutes before the Spartans got within one with 1:15 to go after Aaron Henry’s three-pointer.

The Hokies responded with Nolley’s long-range shot to make it a two-possession game with 47 seconds left to play. With time winding down, the Spartans missed shots and forced the Hokies to shoot from the line.

Virginia Tech next plays Dayton on Tuesday in the Maui Invitational semifinals.

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