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Michigan State Hits Miracle Three At Buzzer To Break First-Half Tie With Syracuse

Michigan State's Matt McQuaid ends first half with bank shot three-pointer.


In a game largely devoid of offense, Michigan State's Matt McQuaid just hit an absurd shot to end the half against Syracuse. The Spartans take a 25-22 lead into the break.

With one-second left in the half, Spartan guard Matt McQuaid went up for a corner three. He had it swatted back in his face by forward Matt Moyer, in a play that will remind a lot of Syracuse fans of Hakeem Warrick's national championship-sealing block in 2003, with much lower stakes of course.

Instead, it turned into a miracle shot for Tom Izzo's squad. The ball went right back to McQuaid, who caught it in mid-air and heaved up a shot with under a second left.

Rather than finishing with a big defensive play to go into halftime, Syracuse's defense watched a ridiculous banked in three. Video, from CBS:

Michigan State was just 5-for-19 from three in the half, but Matt McQuaid's shot could give Sparty some momentum.

It was his only made basket of the half. McQuaid finished 1-of-3, all from three.

Michigan State has seriously struggled with Syracuse's famous 2-3 Zone. Overall, the Spartans are just 8-of-28.

Chucking from deep isn't generally a winning strategy against Jim Boeheim's defense. However, because of Syracuse's own offensive deficiencies, Michigan State takes a lead into the half.

The Orange are just 8-of-20 from the floor, and 1-of-5 from three. Tyus Battle, Syracuse's best player and a 19.3 points per game scorer, was held to a single point in the half.

Both of Syracuse's centers—Paschal Chukwu and Bourama Sidibe—have three fouls in the half. Forward Marek Dolezaj, one of Syracuse's best players this post-season, has been forced to play some emergency center, and has two fouls himself.

The Spartans are also out-rebounding the Orange 24-to-12. Overall, Syracuse should probably be thrilled to only be down three. Both teams will really need to figure things out offensively in the second half.