Loyola falls to Michigan State

Marcus Bingham Jr. dunked home an alley-oop pass from Tyson Walker with 3.4 seconds left to lift the Spartans.

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Michigan State forward Malik Hall (25) looks for an outlet as Loyola-Chicago forward Tom Welch (10) defends during Wednesday’s game.

Michigan State forward Malik Hall (25) looks for an outlet as Loyola-Chicago forward Tom Welch (10) defends during Wednesday’s game.

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Marcus Bingham Jr. dunked home an alley-oop pass from Tyson Walker with 3.4 seconds left to lift Michigan State past Loyola 63-61 in Wednesday’s first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Hall got into the paint and lobbed the ball in traffic to Bingham on the right side of the lane for the finish. The Ramblers had a final chance to tie or win, but Braden Norris fell short on a halfcourt heave to end it — sending Spartans players to mob Bingham in celebration near midcourt after a dramatic finish.

The Spartans (4-1) advanced to Thursday’s semifinals to face No. 22 Connecticut, which beat No. 19 Auburn 115-109 in double overtime. The Ramblers (4-1) will face the Tigers in the consolation bracket on Thanksgiving Day.

Bingham finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks for the Spartans. Malik Hall went 9 of 9 from the field, 5 of 5 at the free-throw line, and posted career highs of 24 points in 32 minutes. Michigan State shot 46% and won despite committing 20 turnovers.

Lucas Williamson had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead Loyola, which shot 37% but scored 16 second-chance points.

The game featured a sideline matchup between first-year Ramblers coach Drew Valentine — 30 years old — against Hall of Famer Tom Izzo with the Spartans. Valentine worked two seasons under Izzo as a graduate assistant at Michigan State, including a Final Four run in 2015.

This was the opening game of the 10th edition of the Battle 4 Atlantis, which was on a hiatus last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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