Finally, in the third overtime Gonzaga took the lead 107-106 after two free throws by Adam Morrison. Michigan State had a chance to take the lead but Goran Suton missed a lay-up after a nice dish from Drew Neitzel and Gonzaga gained possession of the ball for the victory.
After the game, both coaches said it was one of the greater games they had ever been involved in. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo felt bad that they had to come out on the losing end after playing so well.
Izzo was proud of the way his team played even with a hurt Shannon Brown and he said they probably wouldn't even have made it through a fourth overtime period. Senior center Paul Davis also had one of his best games in his career. Davis had 26 points and 13 rebounds.
It was one of the best offensive performances in college basketball history put on by both teams, but in the end Adam Morrison came out on top as the top performer with a spectacular showing of spot-up shooting and penetration and was virtually unstoppable last night.
Derek Raivio had 26 points and Shannon Brown added 19 points for the Spartans. Raivio was clutch down the stretch for Gonzaga at the free-throw line.
Both teams were nearly flawless from the free-throw line. Gonzaga was 27-28 from the line and the Spartans were 26-29 from the line.
Davis and Raivio played 53 minutes a piece and Morrison played 52 minutes. You better believe those guys were exhausted last night and might be a little sore today when the step on the court. Gonzaga will move on to the championship game of the Maui Invitational tonight against Connecticut. Michigan State will play against Arizona at 3:30 pm.