The Spartans led by as much as 14 points in the second half until Arizona went on a 14-0 run and tied the game at 58-58 with 1:35 left in the second half. Michigan State committed 26 turnovers in the game. Their inabilities to take care of the ball in the second half allowed Arizona to get back into the game.
Maurice Ager once again led the Spartans in scoring with 22 points, but it was the clutch free throw shooting of Paul Davis (10-10) that helped the Spartans earn the victory. Davis finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds and had another impressive game. Davis has been perfect from the free-throw line in the past two games shooting a combined total of 22-22 from the line.
Arizona was led by shooting guard Chris Rodgers with 20 points and Hassan Adams with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Rodgers made four three-point field goals, three of them coming in the second half that ignited the comeback by the Wildcats.
Hassan Adams had a chance to win it in regulation but the Spartans prevailed with a big defensive stop. In overtime with 0:53 left on the clock Shannon Brown (19 points) hit a big shot to give Michigan State the lead by a score of 70-68.
Marcus Williams (8 points) had the opportunity to tie the game with two free throws but missed both of them, which allowed Michigan State to cruise to victory in overtime.
Michigan State won the battle of the boards by out-rebounding the Wildcats 34-24. Freshmen forward Goran Suton contributed 8 points to go along with 7 rebounds. More importantly the freshmen redeemed himself by getting a crucial basket in overtime that gave Michigan State a 66-63 lead.
Michigan State will be happy to get home and rest after playing 4 games in 5 days in Hawaii. The collapse in the second half that allowed Arizona to get back in the game most likely was a result of fatigue the players were going through. It was a wild 5 days and although the Spartans are coming home with a 2-2 record the way they played in the last two days showed what type of team they are going to be this year.