St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

College basketball

Unlikely Spartan silences Wildcats

©Associated Press
December 15, 2002

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In a tight game, Tim Bograkos is the last player Michigan State coach Tom Izzo wants taking a big shot.

But the 6-foot-2 sophomore guard sank an open 3-pointer with 49.2 seconds left Saturday that gave the No.21 Spartans the lead for good in a 71-67 win over No.12 Kentucky.

It was the only 3-point attempt for Bograkos, who averages 1.7 points.

"I said, 'Are you kidding me?' I guess it was our day," Izzo said. "I could lie to you and tell you I set that up. But in all honesty, he was the sixth option out of five guys."

Chris Hill made two free throws with 13.6 seconds remaining to seal the victory. Hill scored 16 to lead the Spartans.

"We all have confidence and we've got a lot of confidence in everybody," Hill said. "It's a big confidence boost for everybody to come into an environment in a place like this and win."

Keith Bogans scored 23 to lead the Wildcats, who had won four straight.

Kentucky trailed 69-67 after Bograkos' shot, and Bogans couldn't convert a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 21 seconds left.

Marquis Estill and Erik Daniels had 12 points each for the Wildcats, who shot 46 percent.

"It hurts a lot," said Bogans, who reached 20 points for the fifth time this season. "It's our homecourt, and we let them come in here and steal one away."

Hill sank two 3-pointers in the first three minutes as the Spartans took a 12-4 lead.

Bogans hit consecutive 3-pointers from the top to trigger an 18-4 run that put the Wildcats in front. Michigan State started 4-of-7 from the field, then missed 8-of-9 during Kentucky's spurt.

Aloysius Anagonye's basket ended a three-minute drought for the Spartans and trimmed their deficit to 22-19.

Wildcats freshman Kelenna Azubuike hit a 3-pointer and Daniels made a steal and converted a breakaway layup to give the Wildcats a 27-19 lead.

The Spartans managed to lead 34-31 as Kentucky went more than five minutes without scoring.

"We didn't shoot the ball well, but we were still in the ballgame," Bogans said. "We did everything else, the ball just wouldn't fall."

The teams were tied at 40 at halftime, but the Spartans surged ahead 50-44. The lead shrank to three near the seven-minute mark when Kentucky point guard Gerald Fitch fell awkwardly and cut his chin after missing a layup.

Fitch left the game and returned with 4:58 left. He threw an assist to Daniels, whose layup cut Michigan State's lead to 63-61.

Estill had an over-the-shoulder tip-in with 3:55 remaining to tie. Hill answered with a 3-pointer with 3:38 to go, but Estill scored again at the three-minute mark to keep Michigan State's lead at one.

Each team committed a turnover before Bogans scored on a drive with 1:23 left to put Kentucky up 67-66.

The capacity crowd stood and cheered as the clock went under a minute. Bogans ran to double-team Hill, but Hill passed to Bograkos, who silenced the fans with his 3-pointer from the corner.

"That's the biggest shot I've ever hit," Bograkos said. "I don't look to shoot a lot, but I was open and fortunately, the ball went in."

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright

From the Times sports desk

College football
  • Palmer captures Heisman
  • Rally puts W. Kentucky in I-AA final vs. McNeese

  • College basketball
  • Gators end streak for Terps
  • Tennessee holds USC to lowest point total
  • Unlikely Spartan silences Wildcats
  • Bulldogs' Austin a force in his return
  • Salukis watch
  • Cardinals win with 33-3 run
  • Wright State tops Bullswith a last-second shot
  • Alabama avoids embarrassing loss to Bowling Green

  • NFL
  • Value of 1,000 has dropped
  • NFL Game Day: Week 15

  • Briefs
  • Highs & lows
  • Sports briefs

  • Baseball
  • Maddux has pick of lucrative offers

  • NHL
  • Slap shots
  • Maple Leafs stay hot, hand Rangers fifth loss in a row

  • Horse racing
  • Flooding postpones opening of Downs

  • College volleyball
  • UF in 1st Final Four since '98

  • NBA
  • Riley places Heat on refs

  • Golf
  • Mickelsonleads surge toward top

  • Preps
  • Hillsborough football: Close, but ...
  • Norland wins thriller, Rockledge cruises
  • Four Cougars, one team
  • Leopards second in Kiwanis meet
  • Rams learn to bounce back
  • Wesley Chapel pulls away from Mitchell late
  • Fourth-quarter scores earn East first All-Star win

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report

  • Letters
  • The BCS matchups are a bust

  • Rays
  • Piniella is bold with statements
  • No more 'original' Rays remain

  • Bucs
  • Zoned in
  • Chucky's Chalk Talk
  • Who to root for today, Bucs fans
  • All the talk that is not there
  • High profile -- John Howell
  • Side line
  • I appreciate every cent
  • Letters: Keyshawn's doing what needs doing
  • Gary Shelton: A vote for Brooks, but counting's not done

  • Lightning
  • Lightning strikes back on home ice
  • Cullen glad to come back

  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts