The Latest: Arizona St tops No. 15 MSU at MGM Main Event.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the MGM Main Event (all times local):
Kimani Lawrence scored 22 points to lead Arizona State to a 72-67 victory over No. 15 Mississippi State on Monday night in the heavyweight bracket of the MGM Main Event.
Arizona State, which climbed as high as No. 3 after opening last season 12-0, improved to 4-0, while handing the Bulldogs their first loss of the season (3-1).
The Sun Devils held off a second-half rally by Mississippi State, which tied the game at 65 when Nick Weatherspoon drained a long-range jumper just inside the 3-point line with one minute left in the game.
But Lawrence answered with a 3-pointer with 33 seconds left, and the Sun Devils held on for the win.
Luguentz Dort added 17 points and nine rebounds, while Remy Martin scored 16 for the Sun Devils.
The Bulldogs were led by Aric Holman, who had 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Neemias Queta had 24 points, nine rebounds and five blocks to lead Utah State to an 80-63 victory over Saint Mary’s on Monday night in the heavyweight bracket of the MGM Main Event.
The Aggies shot 49 percent (29 of 50) from the floor, while stifling Saint Mary’s to 29 percent.
Utah State outrebounded the Gaels, 41-32, while outscoring them in the paint, 34-24. The Aggies also registered eight blocks.
Sam Merrill added 23 points with eight assists for Utah State (5-0), which is off to its best start since the 2013-14 season.
The Gaels (3-1) were led by Jordan Ford and Malik Fitts, who each scored 14 points. Fitts also led the team with seven rebounds, and Dan Fotu added 11 points.
Utah State will play in Wednesday’s championship game.
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