Spartans Win In Over "Time"

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo may not want to comment on the ending of Tuesday night's 63-60 Spartans victory over Wisconsin. However, in the end the Spartans received a game changing call after time had expired in overtime against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

With Badger fans going crazy following Ryan Evans' apparent game-tying 3-pointer, Tom Izzo and his team waited until officials took a second look at the time on the clock before announcing the shot didn't count and the Spartans earned their third conference victory and 14-th overall against No. 18 Wisconsin.

"I don't know what happened at the end," Izzo said. "Nor do I care. I thought we played well enough and earned the win, and that's the way I'm going to look at it."

The official call was despite the fact time remained on one clock the official game clock is the one posted on top of the backboard.

Following the game referee Pat Driscoll's ruling was released by Wisconsin's sports information staff.

"By rule we have to go by the clock that is on the backboard," Driscoll said. "I don't know why there would be different (times) – it could be satellite, electronic, whatever – but by rule we have to go by the clock that is attacked to the backboard. In our review on the monitor, the clock clearly showed zeros while the ball remained in the Wisconsin player's hands."

Leading the Spartans were Draymond Green with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Keith Appling tossed in 16 points as the Spartans remained perfect after dropping the first two games of the season.

Up next for the Spartans will be Iowa who travels to East Lansing for another conference battle in the Breslin Center next Tuesday.


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