LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Kansas wins a close one in the Orlando Classic.
Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice both had 14 points but that was not enough to get the win and eventually fall 61-52 in the championship game.
In the first half Perry Ellis lead Kansas with 12 points and seven rebounds while Denzel Valentine lead Michigan State with 12 points off of 80 % shooting from the field and 75 % behind the arc.
The Spartans were looking to go in the half up 36-32 after Travis Trice hit a 3 point , until Sviatoslav Mykhailuk matched with his own to cut the lead 36-35 with one second left.The Jay Hawks were able to stay in the game by outscoring the Spartans 14 to 8 in the paint and 7 points from the bench. Michigan State scored 9 points off of turnovers and 4 points on fast breaks. Kansas coach Bill Self stated “To me, Perry was the best player down here in the three days.”
In the second half Kansas took the lead 39-38 after a pair of Wayne Selden Jr. free throws and never looked back. Michigan State shots were not falling but managed to cut the lead 59-56 on a three pointer by Travis Trice with 1:37 left. ” The ball was just falling the wrong way for us,” stated Travis Trice. On the next play Frank Mason III turned the ball over Branden Dawson missed the shot, grabbed the rebound and missed the tip in. Jamari Traylor sealed the game when he iced the two free throw. The Fan got just what they wanted a great game right down to the wire. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo was very upset about his teams play. “You can’t miss easy shots and layups. We found a way to lose, give us blame.”
See you next year for some more great action!