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Tyrese Maxey leads No. 2 Kentucky past No. 1 Michigan State

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Kentucky forward Nate Sestina vies for a rebound with Michigan State forwards Marcus Bingham Jr. (30) and Julius Marble (34) during the first half Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in New York.

NEW YORK — Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky’s latest freshman star, scored 26 points, and the second-ranked Wildcats opened the season with a 69-62 victory against No. 1 Michigan State on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.

The Nos. 1 and 2 teams opened their seasons against each other for the first time since 1975, and the Wildcats made their case to be top-ranked next week.

Michigan State entered the season as the No. 1 team in the country for the first time, but aside from All-American Cassius Winston, the Spartans struggled to score. Winston had 21 points.

This Kentucky team is built around returning contributors instead of one-and-done freshmen, but Maxey asserted himself in his first game.

After Winston cut the lead to three on a three-point play with 1 minute, 27 seconds left, Maxey hit a straight on 3 from way behind the line to make it 65-60 with 59 seconds left.

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