Ex-Michi­gan State coach dies at 92

The Bradenton Herald - - College Sports -

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.

GERRY BROOME AP

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.”

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