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Watch: Michigan State Holds Off FGCU With Help From Generous Clock Operator

Michigan State wins after controversial clock work.

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No. 13 Michigan State outlasted Florida Gulf Coast 78-77 tonight in East Lansing.

On the game's final play, the young Spartans benefited from a quick trigger finger on the home clock operator. After Eron Harris missed a pair of free throws, FGCU had one last inbounds heave to try and get off a shot.

They did that, but with one issue. The clock started as the pass was in mid-air. Antravious Simmons' game-winning shot attempt came after the horn as a result. It didn't go in, but FGCU head coach Joe Dooley was visibly, and understandably upset.

Dooley protested that the quick buzzer affected Simmons' shot, but it was to no avail. The officials ruled the play counted and the game was over. Here's what Dooley had to say after the game, according to MLive.com's Brendan Quinn.

Some intentional home cooking? Most likely not, but it was a pretty bad mistake. Whoever the official timer is, he or she needs to ease up on the button at the next home game. Update: Here is a statement on what happened tonight.

Perhaps this offers some more clarity on the situation.