After Davis missed two free throws with 4.6 seconds left on the clock that opened the door for Georgia Tech and gave them a chance to win the game. As time expired Zam Fredrick fired a shot from about 30 feet out which would have been the game-winner and a crushing blow to the Spartans.
The Spartans were up by 9 points with a little more than a minute left in the game when the Yellow Jackets began an assault from behind the arc. Anthony Morrow, Mario West, and Ra'Sean Dickey all hit huge three-point baskets that kept Georgia Tech in the game.
Georgia Tech shot 52 percent from the field and hit 10 three-pointers. Michigan State had trouble defending Re'Sean Dickey who was a tough customer in the paint. Dickey scored 24 points and had 8 rebounds in the contest.
"We're not checking anybody. We didn't play with the toughness and the defensive ability we're capable of. I think they think we're going to get our own brand here. We've got to figure out what kind of brand went to four final fours," said Izzo.
The Spartans got a good showing from sophomore point guard Drew Neitzel. Neitzel had his best game of the year offensively with 17 points to go along with 7 assists. He also was 3-3 from three-point range.
"I thought Drew Neitzel played pretty well. He was a bright spot for us tonight," Izzo said.
Michigan State lost the battle on the boards to the Yellow Jackets. The Spartans were out-rebounded 35-26 in the game tonight. Coach Izzo mentioned that they knew going into tonight's game that this was a good rebounding team.
The biggest difference in this game was the amount of free throws Michigan State attempted compared to Georgia Tech. Michigan State was 17-25 from the line while Georgia Tech was only 4-6 from the strike.
"The problem is not our offense it's our defense, and we're going to have to go from there," said Izzo.
Michigan State will play in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday against Arkansas-Little Rock. It sounds like there might be a few more defensive drills in practice this week that will help the Spartans prepare for their next game.