LAHAINA, Hawaii — Landers Nolley II hit a big 3-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 Hokies (6-0) — projected 14th out of 15 Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the league’s preseason poll — went up 10 with 4:30 minutes left, but Michigan State fought back within one.
Nolley responded with a 3 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.
n No. 10 Ohio State 71,
Kent State 52
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kaleb Wesson scored 17 points, and Ohio State recovered after a furious second-half rally from Kent State to pull away.
n No. 17 Tennessee 58,
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Lamonte’ Turner had 17 points and 12 assists as Tennessee beat Chattanooga to extend the longest active home winning streak in Division I to 30 games.
n No. 20 VCU 78,
Alabama State 62
RICHMOND, Va. — Marcus Evans scored 25 points, and VCU closed the first half on a big run in a victory against Alabama State.
Evans had 18 points in the first half, including 10 during the 26-7 burst that gave VCU (6-0) a 46-28 lead. The Rams led by 19 after halftime, and when the Hornets closed within 12 with nine minutes left, the Rams turned up their defense and scored the next seven points.
n No. 10 Mississippi State 74,
MILWAUKEE — Jordan Danberry scored 20 points, and Mississippi State held off a late surge from Marquette to remain unbeaten.
The Bulldogs (6-0) led by just one at halftime but seemed to take control of the contest late in the third with a 12-0 run that put them ahead, 52-47 with 2:17 left in the quarter.
Marquette pulled back to 54-52 heading into the fourth.
Mississippi State recovered and went on a 9-0 run to take a 65-61 lead with 2:27 to play.