C.J. Wilcox fired an airball in an effort to tie in the final seconds. He missed, and a couple of foul shots later, Michigan State took a 76-71 win and third place in the Maui Invitational.
There were eight lead changes, and the score was tied nine times. The Huskies led by as much as 10 late in the first half, while the Spartans’ largest advantage for seven, near the middle of the first half.
The second half was close all the way, with Washington holding a lead into the final three minutes.
The Huskies were two points down with possession just 13 second from the end, when they ran a play for forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
He was fouled on a drive through the line and hit the first free throw, but missed the one that would have tied it.
“He went to the line -- that’s what we wanted,” Romar said. “We wanted him to be able to make a play. We thought that would be something a little different from what (MSU) had seen. We have done that with him in past times, and it ended up working out OK.”
Bryan-Amaning’s miss was the 10th free throw the Huskies had wasted during the game, as they went 15 of 25 (60 percent) from the line.
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24.1 seconds: Green turnover. UW ball, down 72-70. Sixty-second time out.
2nd/45.9 seconds Isaiah Thomas scores. It's MSU, 72-70.
2nd/1:38 Durrell Summers hits a three out of time out to put MSU ahead, 69-68. Lucas back in.
2nd/2:42 Even at 66.
Guard Kalin Lucan has 27 points for MSU. And he has just gotten tangled on the floor and is being helped to the bench, where his right knee is being looked at.
2nd/5:57: MSU up, 64-63. Stat that could come back to haunt UW: MBA and Gant -- 13 feet, 5 inches of the starting lineup -- have combined for three rebounds so far. All MBA's.
2nd/6:58 Whew. Another Maui game with a postseason feel. UW up 63-62, but MSU will be shooting a free throw to tie when play resumes.
Suggs is back on the bench and apparently OK.
2nd/11:39 Michigan State nudged ahead briefly. Now UW back up, 54-51. However, Aziz N'Diaye, who is having a difference-making game, just picked up his fourth foul. And Scott Suggs, has just been helped into the locker room after a collision under basket.
2nd/15:35 Michigan State has started the second half with a run, cutting UW's lead to 49-45. MBA on bench, and N'Diaye in.
Second half: Has just begun ... original lineup in for Dawgs.
Halftime: UW up, 44-34. Venoy Overton and Aziz N'Diaye really added some energy when UW needed it.
UW shooting 50 percent, MSU 48 percent. UW 16 rebounds, MSU 15. UW 4-of-7 on threes, MSU three-of-nine. UW has five assists and six turnovers; MSU five assists and 14 turnovers.
Individually, Holiday has 10 points for UW, Thomas and N'Diaye have four rebounds each, MBA only one.
1st/3:44 Huskies up, 37-29. Even at that, they've given away some chances to open extra space. C.J. Wilcox missed a pair of free throws; an Isaiah fast break ended in a tangle under the baskets, Overton just went 1-of-2 from line.
1st/7:59 The Huskies came out of the last time out with a little more fire. Maybe too much as Justin Holiday picked up a (weak) T after a dunk. In any case, UW back in front, 27-25.
1st/11:37 MSU up, 17-11. Huskies don't look as quick as usual or as intense as last night. Maybe third game in three days taking toll. Spartans played a couple of hours earlier yesterday.
1st/15:47: MSU up, 12-9. No real pace or trends yet. Spartans have 6-5 guard Durrell Summers on Thomas.
UW 4-of-8 from field. MSU 4-of-6. Three rebounds each.
Nice crowd here from MSU. Late November in Hawaii must sound nice to Michiganders.
Tipoff: The game has begun. The Huskies are going with their usual lineup of Gaddy, Thomas, Holiday, MBA and Gant.
Huskies-Spartans pregame: No. 13 Washington and No. 2 Michigan State are out on the court warming up for their final games in this season's Maui Invitational.
Huskies in white for the third time; Spartans in green. (UW coaches not wearing Hawaiian flowered shirts today...)
After this, Huskies fly home tomorrow and return to regular-season action Tuesday night when Long Beach State visits Hec Ed.
Chaminade wins: It's not the biggest win in the program's history, but host Chaminade just knocked off Oklahoma, 68-64, going 1-2 in this year's tournament, and sending the Sooners home, 0-3.
Huskies-Spartans up next.
Day II begins: The final day of the Maui Invitational has begun, as host Chaminade is nursing a second-half lead against Oklahoma.
Next comes the consolation game: Washington vs. No. 2 Michigan State at 2 p.m. PST (ESPN2). We'll keep this blog post open all day through that one and beyond.
No aftershocks, btw.