Gonzaga rallies, Michigan State avoids upset on Flight Day

Gonzaga rallies, Michigan State avoids upset on Flight Day

Coronado, Calif. — At draw time Likened the feeling to playing hoops in a park as a kid, only this time it was on the flight deck of one of the world’s most powerful warships.

Leads No. 2 in time Gonzaga In a spirited comeback from a 12-point deficit, the Bulldogs finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds. State of Michigan 64-63 Friday night aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln at North Island Naval Air Station.

“It’s definitely something different. It’s something you don’t experience every day,” Timme said. And look, they had to play it too. … It wasn’t the prettiest game to watch but it was about just putting your nose in the dirt and keep going and don’t stop and I thought it was a real test of our grit and heart and I think we did a good job answering the bell today. work.”

Twice in overtime gave the Jags the lead in the final 2:27. 63-61 ahead on his inside shot The owner is Answer with a hook to fasten it. The Jags scored just one more point, when Timme made the second of two free throws with 1:51 left.

Gonzaga Julian Strother 31 seconds left and Michigan State was called for a trip Jaden Akins Missed a desperation 3-pointer just before the market.

“Gonzaga is Gonzaga because they’re really good,” Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. Stretch that guy down, he just goes up. That’s what he’s supposed to do.

“I want to feel good about the setting, our fans, the veterans, the way our team played, but how do you feel when you lose a game when you’ve led for 30 minutes? It’s hard to do.”

Timme tied the game at 55 with a 3-point play and Bolton tied it again at 59 with a big 3-pointer.

Strawther had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Nolan Hickman Scored 10 for Gonzaga (2-0).

Michigan State’s big man Maddie Sissoko Scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half but picked up his third foul early in the second half and didn’t make much of an impact the rest of the way.

The Spartans (1-1) led 45-33 three minutes into the second half before the Jags went on an 11-0 run to pull within 45-44. Timme makes a spin move layup, is fouled and free throws are made and then fed Rasir Bolton A baseline jumper to close within three points. Ifton Reed IIIHis slam dunk got the Zags up 45-44.

Tyson Walker MSU made a layup with 12:10 left to break MSU’s five-minute scoring drought.

The team’s 3-point play tied the game at 55-55 and then Bolton hit a 3-point shot for a 59-59 tie with 3:54 left.

As impressive as he was overall, the team made just 4 of 10 free throws and could have given the Jags a cushion late in the game.

The game was played 11 years to the day after North Carolina defeated Michigan State on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson at North Island NAS, with then-President Barack Obama and wife Michelle watching courtside.

Teams wore camouflage uniforms with the United States on the back. Just before the start of the second half, the crowd cheered for the flag to be retired at sunset. The crowd of 3,000 was made up mostly of sailors from aircraft carriers as well as fans of both teams.

Michigan State led 38-31 at halftime on the strength of the 6-foot-9 Sissoko’s strong inside play. Sissoko had three slam dunks in the final 5 minutes of the half, including an alley-oop pass AJ Hoggard. His final two dunks helped the Spartans take control. Michigan State had a streak of steals, which Izzo pumped his fists with emphasis.

Neither team was afraid to make the 3-pointer and each team had a shot from behind the arc in the first two minutes. The wind affected only one 3-point shot as the six-level conning tower and scoreboard blocked most of the Pacific Ocean breeze.

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