Ex-Michi­gan State coach dies at 92

The Island Packet - - 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 197698 and an aide to cur­rent coach Tom Izzo from 19982000. He also spent over 30 years as one of the voices of Michi­gan State men’s bas­ket­ball, serv­ing as a color com­men­ta­tor. Bull­dogs, who av­er­age 93 points per game.

“We didn’t foul them much,” Gon­zaga’s Bran­don Clarke added. “That took them out of their of­fense. … When that hap­pens it’s re­ally tough to beat us be­cause we’ve got such a po­tent of­fense.”

Gon­zaga (15-2, 2-0 West Coast Con­fer­ence) has beaten the Tigers 13 con­sec­u­tive times. Pa­cific (10-8, 0-3) was held to its low­est point to­tal of the sea­son after shoot­ing 26.7 per­cent and com­mit­ting 22 turnovers.

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