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Virginia Tech Knocks Off No. 3 Michigan State 71-66 in Maui

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LAHAINA, Hawaii — Landers Nolley II hit a big three-pointer in the final minute and scored 22 points, helping Virginia Tech hold off No. 3 Michigan State 71-66 at the Maui Invitational on Monday.

The teams grinded through a back-and-forth second half. The Hokies (6-0)—projected 14th out of 15 Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the league’s preseason poll—went up 10 with 4 ½ minutes left before Michigan State fought back within one.

Nolley responded with a three for a 68-64 lead with 47 seconds left, and Virginia Tech made enough free throws down the stretch to earn the marquee win in coach Mike Young’s first season.