GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The state of Michigan has almost booked a last sale that could have thrown away a profitable non-conference street game.
Instead, he ended up with a happy role for the Spartans.
Spartans' Kyle Ahrens fetched a loose ball and set the baseline, winning the Michigan State winning streak eight seconds from time, winning 63:59 at Florida's O & Connell Center on Saturday afternoon has been.
Ahrens played the heroic role of the Spartans' third victory and scored the final seven points of the game after scoring the first 36 minutes.
The Gators returned down 12 points in the second half and took possession of a 3-point 3:24 to the left. Ahrens responded immediately with a 3-pointer at the other end.
Florida then moved closer to a basket of 1:18 to the left, and the Spartans turned the ball on the other end by dribble handoff to give the Gators a potential shot in the last minute.
But Florida missed this shot, and after Michigan State had brought the ball into its last offensive possession, Ahrens took the ball and sealed the game.
Michigan State led the way for most of the match, but could hardly distance itself from a Florida team that had outperformed them all afternoon.
The Gators missed eleven shots in the first half and shot only 30 percent of the field in the first 20 minutes. With that, the Spartans opened the door to gain a big lead and calm down a loud crowd.
The state of Michigan, however, could not take advantage of it, as the full-court press of Florida forced the Spartans to ten sales in the first half, which proved a balancing force.
When the state of Michigan got the ball over the half pitch, he had the biggest success with his big men. Xavier Tillman scored 14 points on a high level, Nick Ward was 13. Joshua Langford added 13 and Cassius Winston 10.
The match on Saturday was a six-day match for Michigan State against all high-level competitions, one that Tom Izzo called the early barometer for his team. Five of these games were not at home.
Now the state of Michigan will be releasing a week's final exam before returning to Green Bay on Sunday, December 16.
Here are three quick shots of the state of Michigan victory: