No. 3 Michigan State beats Providence to win Wooden Legacy
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Bryn Forbes scored 18 points and Deyonta Davis had six of his 12 points in a game-ending spurt to help No. 3 Michigan State rally past Providence 77-64 in the championship game of the DirecTV Wooden Legacy on Sunday night.
Denzel Valentine added 17 points, six rebounds and five assists to earn most outstanding player honors, and Eron Harris had 12 points for the Spartans (7-0). They beat Boston College by 31 points in their opener and Boise State by 10 on their way to wrapping up the title.
Kris Dunn had 21 points, five rebounds and seven assists and Ben Bentil had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Friars (6-1). They defeated Evansville by 10 points and No. 11 Arizona by four in the three-day event.
Davis' basket tied the game for the last time at 57-all and launched the Spartans on a 21-7 run to end the game after they trailed most of the second half.
During Michigan State's run, Junior Lomomba hit a 3-pointer that would have given the Friars a 1-point lead, but the officials ruled it was no good after a video review, saying the shot clock had expired.
Dunn's 3-pointer pulled the Friars to 64-60 with 2:47 left, but they got no closer.
It tied Michigan State's lowest scoring game of the season so far and the second-lowest for Providence.
Valentine had a stellar three days out West. He had his second-career triple-double in the first round and then scored a career-high 32 points against Boise State.
Neither team led by more than five points in the first half and Davis dunked to put the Spartans ahead 34-32 at the break. There were five ties and six lead changes as both teams found success shooting from the perimeter early before going inside.
Providence: The Friars shot 50 percent in the first half. … They fell to 0-4 all-time against the Spartans. … Clippers star Chris Paul and his young son attended. The elder Paul spent halftime posing with fans.
MSU: Magic Johnson was on hand to watch his alma mater. … Lourawls Nairn Jr.'s jersey was misspelled as ''Narin.''… The Spartans have out-rebounded all of their opponents so far and had a 35-28 edge against the Friars.
Providence: Hosts Hartford on Wednesday.
MSU: Hosts Louisville on Wednesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.