The 10th-ranked Michigan State Spartans were in danger of losing a heartbreaking game on the road against an unranked Florida Gators squad, but an almost-turnover followed by a clutch slam by junior forward Kyle Ahrens sealed the deal. Take a look:
Kyle Ahrens beats the buzzer with a clutch slam as Michigan State ruins the Gators bid for an upset. pic.twitter.com/2ZdiJxgmGe— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 8, 2018
Ahrens' two-handed dunk wasn't the only good thing he did for the Spartans. In the final three minutes of the game, Ahrens tallied all seven of his points, helping Michigan State beat the Gators by four. Sparty needed every last point from Ahrens.
Michigan State turned an almost-turnover into a dunk with less than 10 seconds left to thwart Florida’s upset bid. Kyle Ahrens was huge for Sparty down the stretch.— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) December 8, 2018
The victory gives the Spartans a 6-2 non-conference record, while also moving Florida's overall record to 5-4. A road loss to the Gators would've likely slipped Michigan State pretty far down the rankings, so all the credit in the world to an alert Ahrens.