Arizona Falls to No. 12 Spartans in Overtime.
Nov. 23, 2005
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - No. 12 Michigan State capped a wild five days in Hawaii with a 74-71 overtime victory over No. 9 Arizona on Wednesday to finish third in the Maui Invitational.
The trip to the 50th state started with a 22-point loss at the University of Hawaii that dropped the Spartans from their No. 4 preseason ranking. It included a 109-106 triple-overtime loss to No. 8 Gonzaga in the Maui semifinals, a game already being considered one of the best regular-season games ever played.
Just 18 hours after leaving the Lahaina Civic Center following the loss to Gonzaga, the Spartans (2-2) looked impressive in building a big lead against Arizona only to see the Wildcats score 16 straight points to take a 60-58 lead. Paul Davis made two free throws with 30 seconds left to tie it and send the Spartans to overtime for the second straight day.
Shannon Brown, who had 19 points, gave the Spartans the lead for good at 70-68 with a jumper with 35 seconds left but, in keeping with the theme of the trip, the game had to have a crazy ending.
After Arizona freshman Marcus Williams missed two free throws with 8.5 seconds left, making him 0-for-7 from the line for his young career, Davis hit two more free throws with 5.8 seconds left.
Arizona's Chris Rodgers hit a 3-pointer with a second left and immediately called a timeout. The Wildcats didn't have one left so a technical foul was charged and Maurice Ager made two free throws for the final margin.
Ager, who had a career-high 36 points in the loss to Gonzaga, scored 20 points against Arizona, and Davis finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. The Spartans finished with a 43-23 advantage on the boards, including 27-6 in the first half when they took a 37-23 lead.
Hassan Adams had 21 points, nine rebounds and six steals for the Wildcats, while Rodgers had 20 points and Mustafa Shakur added 10, six in the overtime.
Brown hit a jumper with 5:43 left to give Michigan State a 58-44 lead and those were the Spartans' last points until Davis' free throws with 30 seconds to play.
Williams had six of his eight points in Arizona's 16-0 run that was fueled by seven Michigan State turnovers. Adams, who had a thunderous rebound dunk in the run, gave Arizona its first lead since 15-13 when he scored on a drive with 56 seconds left to make it 60-58.
This was Michigan State's third appearance on Maui with the Spartans winning the eight-team tournament in 1991 and finishing fourth in 1995.
The Wildcats reached the championship game in their other three appearances here, winning it all in 2000 and finishing second in 1993 and 1997.