No. 1 Kansas holds off No. 10 Michigan State 92-87
Wednesday Nov 07, 2018 12:00am
(INDIANAPOLIS) – Kansas' Quentin Grimes and Dedric Lawson made quite an impression Tuesday night. They produced basket after basket, big play after big play. If they keep playing this way, No. 1 Kansas might just stay on top of the college basketball world. Grimes scored 21 points in his college debut and Lawson added 20 points in his first game with the Jayhawks, helping Kansas stymie No. 10 Michigan State's late charge for a 92-87 victory in the season-opening Champions Classic. Lawson also had 14 rebounds and six assists after sitting out last season following his transfer from Memphis. Kansas led by as much as 17 in the first half after weathering an early 3-point flurry from Michigan State. The Jayhawks never trailed in the second half. But in a game pitting two of the Power Five conference preseason favorites, the Spartans made the finish as intriguing as expected. They cut a 10-point deficit to 90-87 when Kyle Ahrens made a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left and could have gotten within two after Kansas' Devon Dotson missed one of two free throws with 15 seconds to go. Then Cassius Watson missed a layup, Kansas grabbed the rebound and Grimes made 1 of 2 free throws to seal it. Michigan State was led by Joshua Langford with 18 points and Kenny Goins, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
MSU's Joshua Langford moves the ball against Kansas (photo courtesy of Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)