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Spartans hold off Shockers in Bahamas

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) -- Miles Bridges scored 21 points to help No. 24 Michigan State hold off Wichita State 77-72 on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis third-place game.

Eron Harris added 13 points for the Spartans (4-3), who followed Thursday's loss to No. 20 Baylor by building a huge second-half lead -- and then nearly blowing it. They led by 18 midway through the half and held a 15-point lead with 8:05 left, only to see the Shockers (5-2) turn to fullcourt pressure to get back in it.

Wichita State ran off a 14-0 run to get to 66-65 on Daishon Smith's layup over Bridges with 4:13 left. The Shockers ultimately had one more chance to tie it in the final seconds, but Smith missed a long straightaway 3. Bridges grabbed the rebound and hit two clinching free throws with 4.7 seconds left. Darral Willis scored 16 points to lead Wichita State.

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