Michigan State University students were able to have quite an impact on the Spartan basketball team’s victory Friday night.
Not once but twice, the Spartan fans tricked the Columbia University Lions into thinking they had a few more seconds on the shot clock than they actually did, causing them to miss their chance to shoot.
Instead of just getting into the Lions’ heads with a thunderous roar, the Spartans’ student section purposefully mistimed their shot clock countdown. Capitalizing on the trick’s success, the crowd did it again on the Lions’ next possession.
“They’re the best-coached fans I’ve ever seen,” Columbia coach Kyle Smith told MLive. “They duped us. They duped us on the backwards count or whatever.”
“I think my one guy had a brain freeze because he was right in front of me, and there was like four (seconds) on the clock, and I’m like, ‘Take a look,’” the coach continued.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo told MLive the student section was “a lot more aggressive than the players on the floor, so I thought they did a hell of a job tonight.”
Check out the trickery:
In the end, Spartans pulled off a win against the Lions, 62-53.