LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Tim Bograkos was the player Kentucky least expected to beat it.
Bograkos nailed his first 3-pointer of the season with 48 seconds left to help lift No. 21 Michigan State to a 71-67 victory over the 12th-ranked Wildcats.
Keith Bogans' power layup gave Kentucky (5-2) a 67-66 lead with 1:23 left to play. Michigan State called a timeout and the Wildcats came out in a zone defense.
The Spartans (5-2) worked the ball around the perimeter before Adam Ballinger passed to Bograkos on the right wing. Bograkos, who had scored just 10 points in the first six games, nailed his jumper to give Michigan State the lead for good.
"I could lie to you and tell you I set it up, but in all honesty he was the sixth option," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "You have to give Tim credit. I was going to say 'Are you kidding me?' but I saw the shot clock was down and and when he hit it, I just thought, 'Hey, it was our day.'"
Bograkos was just as surprised as his coach.
"That's the biggest shot I've ever hit," he said. "They were in a zone and the man to my side left to double the ball on the wing, so I was wide open in the corner."
Jules Camara set a high screen for Bogans on the next possession, but Bogans misfired on a 3-pointer with 21 seconds to go. Michigan State's Chris Hill made a pair at the line to seal the victory eight seconds later.
"We were trying to get a good shot," Bogans said. "I got behind the screen and thought I had a good look, it just didn't fall."
Hill scored 16 points and freshman Paul Davis added 13 for Michigan State, which has won three straight following a pair of losses in the Great Alaska Shootout.
Hill nailed four 3-pointers as Michigan State shot 53 percent (8-of-15) from beyond the arc. Bograkos and Davis nailed their lone attempts.
"Our guys in the post did a good job of kicking the ball out and I was able to get some good looks at the basket," Hill said. "They did a great job of keeping a hand in my face, but a couple of times we set some good screens and I was able to get open."
Bogans scored 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting. But backcourt mate Gerald Fitch did not contribute as much, finishing with three points on 1-of-6 shooting. Camara and Chuck Hayes combined for just 10 points and 10 rebounds.
"I thought we played a little soft," Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said. "We didn't get consistent play out of three of our starters. When Jules, Chuck and Gerald are struggling, that can create problems for our team."
Michigan State used an 8-0 run to take a 50-44 lead on freshman Maurice Ager's 3-pointer with 15:34 remaining. The lead was still six on Hill's 3-pointer that made it 63-57 with 5:35 left to play.
The Wildcats ran off the next six points and tied it on Marquis Estill's tip-in with just under four minutes left. Estill scored 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Each team led by as many as eight points in a seesaw first half. The Spartans' Alan Anderson made two foul shots for a 40-40 tie at halftime.
"We played hard and I'm pleased with that," Izzo said. "We went after the loose balls and it was just a great basketball game in an incredible place."
Erik Daniels scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds for Kentucky, which held a 34-30 rebounding advantage. Estill and Camara each grabbed six boards.
"I thought we had a good rebounding effort today," Smith said. "I thought we matched their intensity at a high level, given that this has turned into a bit of a rivalry."
The Spartans have won two straight against the Wildcats although they still trail the overall series, 11-9.