Ex-Michigan State coach dies at 92
Gus Ganakas, coach of Michigan State’s men’s team from 1969-76 and part of the athletic department until his retirement in 2000, died Friday. He was 92.
Ganakas became an assistant at Michigan State in 1966. After taking over as head coach, he went 89-84. Jud Heathcote succeeded him and led the Spartans to a national title in 1979.
Ganakas was an assistant athletic director from 1976-98 and an aide to current coach Tom Izzo from 1998-2000. He also spent over 30 years as one of the voices of Michigan State men’s basketball, serving as a color commentator.
Terps topple Hoosiers: Bruno Fernando had a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds and Maryland used a second-half surge to rally past No. 22 Indiana 78-75 in the only game involving a men’s Top 25 team Friday.
The Terrapins (14-3, 5-1 Big Ten) trailed by 14 early and by 10 after halftime before storming back. The Hoosiers (12-4, 3-2) have lost two in a row following a seven-game winning streak. Zags slowed, not stopped: Fifth-ranked Gonzaga was held to its lowest point total of the season and still won by 31.
Josh Perkins scored 14 points and had six assists as Gonzaga beat visiting Pacific 67-36 late Thursday – the sixth straight win for the Bulldogs.
Pacific used a slowdown offense most of the game against the highflying Bulldogs, who average 93 points per game.
Gonzaga (15-2, 2-0 West Coast) has beaten the Tigers 13 consecutive times. Pacific (10-8, 0-3) shot 26.7 percent.
South Carolina freshman KO’d: T.J. Moss will miss the rest of the season after ankle and foot surgery.
The 6-foot-2 point guard from Memphis, Tennessee, played in seven games and started three in a row against Coastal Carolina, Wyoming and No. 2 Michigan before getting hurt.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Boston College’s Ky Bowman is having a big year for the Eagles after high-scoring guard Jerome Robinson left early for the NBA. The 6-foot-1 junior is averaging 20.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists entering Saturday’s game at Notre Dame. He also had a career-high 44 points against Hartford on Dec. 31.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Turnovers are becoming a problem for North Carolina, even in wins. The 12th-ranked Tar Heels won at No. 15 North Carolina State on Tuesday despite committing 23 turnovers, which matched a season-high set in the December win against Gonzaga. Before those two games, UNC hadn’t won a game with 20-plus turnovers since January 2015.
ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE
Sue Semrau’s Florida State team has found some momentum. The No. 22 Seminoles (14-1, 2-0) have won 10 straight since losing to LSU in November to climb into this week’s AP Top 25. And the two league victories have come in close finishes on the road: a 63-61 win at Virginia and a 64-63 win at UNC. Florida State hosts Clemson on Sunday.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reacts during the first half against Clemson in Durham, N.C. When asked about the lack of true road games on the Blue Devils’ nonconference schedule, Krzyzewski said, “Come on, man. We come up with a top-10 schedule every year.”