Spartans Lay Out, Make Plays Down Stretch in 63-59 Win
12/18/2018 | 8 PM
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With 11 seconds left and his team up by two, Michigan State guard Cassius Winston tried to feed a bounce pass into the post for center Nick Ward, a play that Florida’s KevarriusHayes had snuffed out. Hayes got a hand on the ball (but not two hands, as he’s been coached in such situation), and it rolled away, between the legs of teammate Keith Stone and into the open floor.
Unfortunately for the Gators, Spartans forward Kyle Ahernswas by himself on the wing. He picked up the ball — with two hands — in stride, drove baseline and thundered home a two-handed dunk, beating the shot clock by a half-second, to give his team a two-possession lead with 8.7 seconds left.
After the game, a 61-57 victory for the 10th-rankedSpartans, UF coach Mike White clearly was seething over a play he believed was all about fundamentals and effort; a play he believed was one of several that looked second-nature to the tough-as-nails visitors from the Big Ten Conference who stared down a spectacular and sold-out environment Saturday afternoon at ExactechArena/O’Connell Center.
“We didn’t get on