Tuesday night’s opening game of the Champions Classic came as Michigan State upset 4 Kentucky in a double overtime thriller. The Spartans edged the Wildcats 86-77 despite trailing over 33 minutes of action and needing two game-saving buckets to force overtime.

Kentucky took an early lead and looked to be in control to open the game, but in what foreshadowed things to come, Sparty scratched and held the lead until halftime. The two teams came through clutch before Michigan State — twice late — twice to force overtime. Malik Hall finished with 20 points and five rebounds on both occasions.

Kentucky got a team-high 22 points and 18 rebounds from reigning Player of the Year Oscar Tshebwe after missing the team’s first two games with an injury. But Tshebwe got into foul trouble late and made it 5th in overtime.

Michigan State got balanced contributions from everyone on the night, led by four players reaching double figures in Joey Hauser’s 23 points and Malik Hall’s 20 points. Maddie Sissoko had 18 points and eight boards, and Tyson Walker had 14 points; Nine of these came from extra periods.

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