LAHAINA, Hawaii - Twelfth-ranked Michigan State capped a wild five days in Hawaii with a 74-71 overtime victory over No. 9 Arizona on Wednesday to finish third in the Maui Invitational.
The trip to the 50th state started with a 22-point loss at the University of Hawaii that dropped the Spartans from their No. 4 preseason ranking. It included a 109-106 triple-overtime loss to No. 8 Gonzaga in the Maui semifinals, a game already being considered one of the best regular-season games ever played.
Just 18 hours after leaving the Lahaina Civic Center following the loss to Gonzaga, the Spartans (2-2) looked impressive in building a big lead against Arizona only to see the Wildcats score 16 straight points to take a 60-58 lead. Paul Davis made two free throws with 30 seconds left to tie it and send the Spartans to overtime for the second straight day.
Shannon Brown, who had 19 points, gave the Spartans the lead for good at 70-68 with a jumper with 35 seconds left.
‘‘Four-and-a-half games in five days, we did wear down a little bit,’’ said Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, taking the blame for the hectic start to the season. ‘‘There was stupidity in the scheduling, but we survived it.’’
Davis said the Spartans were determined not to let the bad second half against Arizona make the trip home a somber one.
"In the timeouts late we were saying, ‘We’re not going to lose this game,’ " he said. "I’m proud of our guys and I’m going to enjoy this."
In keeping with the theme of the trip, the last game had to have a crazy ending.
After Arizona freshman Marcus Williams missed two free throws with 8.5 seconds left, making him 0-for-7 from the line for his young career, Davis hit two more free throws with 5.8 seconds left.
Arizona’s Chris Rodgers hit a 3-pointer with a second left and immediately called a timeout. The Wildcats didn’t have one left so a technical foul was charged and Maurice Ager made two free throws for the final margin.
Ager, who had a career-high 36 points in the loss to Gonzaga, scored 20 points against Arizona, and Davis finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. The Spartans finished with a 43-23 advantage on the boards, including 27-6 in the first half when they took a 37-23 lead.
‘‘We just got absolutely hammered on the boards but Michigan State does that to a lot of people,’’ Arizona coach Lute Olson said.
‘‘I want to acknowledge the courage and the heart of that team following what I thought was the best preseason game I’ve ever seen to go to another overtime and be able to sustain that effort.’’
Hassan Adams had 21 points, nine rebounds and six steals for the Wildcats, while Rodgers had 20 points and Mustafa Shakur added 10, six in the overtime.