GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Connecticut 64, Michigan State 60

(AP Photo/Al Goldis)

By AARON BEARD
AP Basketball Writer

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - A.J. Hoggard hit the go-ahead free throws with 30.3 seconds left and Michigan State scored the game's final nine points to push past No. 22 Connecticut 64-60 in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals.

Gabe Brown scored 16 points for the Spartans (5-1), who blew a 14-point lead before halftime and shot just 32% after the break.

But Michigan State did enough to take back momentum after the Huskies had gone up 60-55 with 1:41 left and finally secure a spot in Friday's championship game.

It was another tense finish for both teams after their first-round games had plenty of late-game drama - including two extra periods for the Huskies in a draining 115-109 win against No. 19 Auburn. But Michigan State's defense came up with multiple critical stops late, holding the Huskies to 1-for-9 shooting in the final 3 minutes.

The final one came with the Huskies (5-1) getting a chance to tie. But after a long stretch of dribbling, Jalen Gaffney managed to fire up a tough straightaway 3 that fell short of everything.

Tyson Walker hit a clinching free throw with 2.5 seconds left to make it a two-possession game, sending the Spartans skipping into the tunnel and waving their arms along the way to their celebrating fans behind their bench.

Adama Sonogo had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Huskies, while Tyrese Martin added 16 points and 12 boards despite being uncertain to play because of a sprained left wrist suffered in the Auburn win.


Michigan State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
G. Brown F 33 7-13 0-0 2-3 3-10 0 0 0 1 3 16
M. Hall F 27 0-5 2-2 0-0 2-4 3 0 2 1 3 2
M. Bingham Jr. F 26 3-9 1-3 0-0 2-7 0 0 0 2 1 7
M. Christie G 26 1-9 0-0 0-3 2-2 1 0 0 1 3 2
T. Walker G 26 2-6 1-2 1-1 0-1 3 0 0 2 1 6
J. Hauser   19 2-7 0-0 2-4 1-6 0 0 0 1 0 6
A. Hoggard   18 1-4 3-4 0-0 0-1 5 0 0 1 0 5
J. Marble II   10 5-7 5-8 0-0 1-4 0 1 0 0 4 15
J. Akins   8 0-2 0-0 0-1 1-2 0 0 1 0 0 0
P. Brooks   3 2-2 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 5
M. Sissoko   3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 23-64
(.359)
12-19
(.632)
6-13
(.462)
15-48 12 1 3 12 15 64


UConn
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Sanogo F 34 8-18 2-2 0-0 4-10 1 6 1 2 4 18
A. Akok F 17 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-4 1 0 0 0 1 0
T. Martin G 36 7-16 2-5 0-3 4-12 0 1 0 4 2 16
A. Jackson G 31 2-6 5-6 0-3 2-9 0 2 1 2 1 9
R. Cole G 27 4-9 0-0 2-2 0-0 3 0 1 0 5 10
T. Polley   22 0-5 0-0 0-3 0-2 0 1 0 0 1 0
J. Hawkins   18 1-5 2-2 0-2 0-1 1 3 2 0 1 4
J. Gaffney   14 1-4 1-2 0-3 0-1 0 0 1 0 2 3
Totals   199 23-64
(.359)
12-17
(.706)
2-16
(.125)
12-42 6 13 6 9 17 60
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