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Trice scores 25 to lead No. 18 Michigan State to tighter-than-expected 64-59 win over Navy

  • Michigan State's Travis Trice, right, shoots over Navy's Tilman Dunbar, left, during the first half of  an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Annapolis, Md.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    Michigan State's Travis Trice, right, shoots over Navy's Tilman Dunbar, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Annapolis, Md.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michigan State's Branden Dawson, right, attempts to block a shot by Navy's Shawn Anderson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Annapolis, Md.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    Michigan State's Branden Dawson, right, attempts to block a shot by Navy's Shawn Anderson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Annapolis, Md.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michigan State's Colby Wollenman, right defends as Navy's Bryce Dulin jumps for a pass during the first half of  an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    Michigan State's Colby Wollenman, right defends as Navy's Bryce Dulin jumps for a pass during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)  (The Associated Press)

Travis Trice scored a career-high 25 points, and No. 18 Michigan State struggled against pesky Navy before squeezing out a 64-59 victory Friday night in the Veterans Classic.

The Spartans got all they could handle from the disciplined Midshipmen.

Michigan State led 44-43 with 11 minutes left and 53-50 with 7 minutes remaining before Navy went cold. A 3-pointer by Denzel Valentine, coupled with a layup by Braden Dawson with 5:29 to go, upped the margin to eight points. After the Midshipmen got to 60-57, Trice scored on a drive with 1:46 left.

Fouled with 17.3 seconds left and Michigan State up 62-59, Trice — a senior guard — made one of two shots. Then, after a Navy misfire, Trice added two more free throws.

That was just enough to enable the Spartans to improve to 35-3 in their last 38 openers, 17-3 under coach Tom Izzo.