No. 12 Michigan St. beats Portland 78-77
By: Mike Stiles - Monday, November 28, 2022

Tyson Walker (photo courtesy of Michigan State University)

(PORTLAND, OR) – Tyson Walker scored 15 points, and No. 12 Michigan State topped Portland 78-77 on Sunday in the fifth-place game of the Phil Knight Invitational. The Spartans (5-2) shot 52.5% (31 for 59) from the field, and each of their starters scored in double figures. Pierre Brooks made each of his four 3-point attempts and finished with 15 points. Joey Hauser had 14 points and 7 rebounds while A.J. Hoggard added 12 points and 9 assists. After outscoring Michigan State 13-2 in the last three minutes and getting eight points in less than 30 seconds to make it 78-77 with 40.5 seconds to play, Portland rebounded a Spartans miss with 8.1 seconds to go. The Pilots got the ball inside to Tyler Robertson and his shot rolled off the rim, and a desperation putback by Juan Sebastian Gorosito wasn’t close. Robertson had 16 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and two steals for the Pilots (5-4). Alden Applewhite had a career-high 16 points, while Kristian Sjolund had 15 points.