No. 13 Michigan St holds off FGCU 78-77 in disputed finish

Michigan State's Eron Harris, right, grabs the ball as Florida Gulf Coast's Rayjon Tucker defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 78-77. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Eron Harris had 31 points and No. 13 Michigan State held off Florida Gulf Coast 78-77 on Sunday night when a timekeeping error led to a disputed finish.

With 1.6 seconds remaining, Florida Gulf Coast threw a long inbounds pass from underneath its own basket. But the clock incorrectly started when the pass was thrown, rather than when Antravious Simmons caught the ball by the foul line at the other end of the court.

So as Simmons turned to try a game-winning shot, the buzzer sounded – much too early. Simmons missed his attempt, but FGCU players looked confused and coach Joe Dooley sought an explanation.

Officials went to a video review as players and fans waited to find out if the game was in fact over. Following the delay, the play stood and Michigan State escaped.