Day 1, Gm 7: Stanford vs Michigan State
The early part of the game was very competitive, but Stanford established an 11-7 lead after 4 minutes of play. Turnovers and fouls plagued the Cardinal though, keeping them from being able to expand that lead. The Spartans used a steady series of trips to the line to take a single point lead with 11 minutes remaining in the half. Stanford rode hot shooting from outside the arc to pull ahead by as much as 6 points before Michigan State pulled abreast with 2-1/2 minutes left in the half. But those who live by the 3 can also die by the 3, which is what happened to Stanford late in the half. The Spartans took advantage to move out to a 41-35 halftime advantage.
Michigan State hit 54% of their shots and got to the line 14 more times and scored 12 more points at the line than did Stanford. Stanford hit 6 of their first 11 3’s but then missed their last 5 shots beyond the arc. SF Michael Manning scored 10 points for Michigan State, but Stanford’s SG Anthony Brown had high point honors with 17 points.
In the 2nd half Stanford continued to fire away from outside but missed 7 of their first 8 three-point attempts. The Cardinal gradually drew to within 3 points of the Spartans with 3-1/2 minutes left. They then connected with a 3 that tied the game at 55-55 with 3 minutes to play. Both teams made a series of turnovers but the Spartans stole the ball and drove down for a dunk with 1:22 to go. Stanford sunk another 3 to take a 58-57 lead with 1:05 on the clock. The Spartans worked the ball inside to C Matt Grigsby for a dunk giving them a 59-58 lead with 0:59 remaining. Stanford’s SF Clifford Kresse got free to connect on a 15-foot jumper and Stanford led 60-59 with 50 ticks on the clock. PF Jason Finger was fouled on a shot and made both shots to put Michigan State back on top by a single point at the 0:34 mark.
Stanford’s C Grant Everett popped in a jumper from near the foul line and the lead shifted back to the Cardinal with just 25 seconds left. The Spartans missed a shot and had to foul with 7 seconds to go. Kresse sunk both ends of the 1-and-1. SF Michael Manning got the ball and put up a desperation just before the buzzer. The shot fell through the net and the game headed to overtime with the score knotted at 64-64.
In overtime Michigan State used an effective inside game to score 10 points in the first 2 minutes while holding Stanford scoreless. Stanford then made 5 points in the next minute, but ran out of time and Michigan State pulled out a 78-72 overtime win.
Michigan State hit 44% of their FG attempts compared to Stanford’s 36%. 38 of Stanford’s 73 FG attempts were from outside the arc and they hit just 32% of those shots. But ultimately the game was won by Michigan State at the line. They paraded to the free throw line 25 times, hitting 21 of those shots while Stanford only got to the line 10 times, hitting 8 free throws.
Four of Michigan State’s starters scored in double figures (PF Jason Finger, 16 points; SF Michael Manning, 16 points, PG Adam Betts, 12 points, and C Matt Grigsby, 11 points) while the 5th starter, SG Craig Durham scored 9 points. C Matt Grigsby also pulled down 8 rebounds, had 5 assists, stole the ball 3 times and had 2 blocks. SF Michael Manning hauled down 6 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and had 4 steals and 1 block.
Leading Stanford’s effort was SG Anthony Brown who scored 31 points, picked off 6 rebounds and had 4 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. C Grant Evert scored 14 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and had 4 steals and 4 blocks. PG Antonio Smith added 12 points and 5 assists.