The first half of No. 3-seed Michigan State’s 2018 NCAA Tournament second-round matchup against No. 11-seed Syracuse plodded along without a defining run or sequence, and the teams appeared primed to enter the second half tied at 22 as Spartans guard Matt McQuaid’s 3-pointer with about 2 seconds left was blocked.
Then something crazy happened. The ball caromed back into McQuaid’s hands, and the junior guard somehow got another shot off before the buzzer, unleashing the shot off of one leg. The buzzer sounded, and the ball screamed toward the basket. Then something crazier happened.
The shot hit off the backboard and went in. Cue the perplexed Syracuse defenders, the enthused Spartans players, and the christening of yet another crazy March Madness moment. Michigan State entered the half leading 25-22.
WHAT. A. FINISH. 😳
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2018
McQuaid is hardly a big-time player for Michigan State. Entering the game, he was averaging 6.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He didn’t score in 13 minutes against Bucknell in Michigan State’s first-round victory.
But if the game ends up being a nail-biter, McQuaid’s name is sure to be one Syracause fans won’t soon forget.