This One’s For You Grandma!
In 2000, the Michigan State Spartans returned to the Final Four after having lost in the semi-finals the year before. They were led by guard Mateen Cleaves and swingman Morris Peterson.
During Final Four week, Peterson had to attend a funeral after his grandmother passed away.
In the semi-finals, Peterson scored 16 points in the second half, leading the Spartans to a victory over the Wisconsin Badgers.
He pointed to the sky after every made field goal, with his personal loss still on his mind: "I just wanted to go out and play for her. I just wanted to try to make an extra effort to let her know that I feel her presence."
In the championship game against Florida, Peterson scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half as the Spartans won their first national title since 1979.
For the tournament, Peterson scored 75 of his 105 points in the second half.
Coach Tom Izzo was asked about the stat: "Why he doesn’t do it in the first half, I don’t know. The good part is I don’t care anymore."
As he cut down the nets, Peterson held up a sign that read: "This One’s For You Grandma!"
photo via Hakeem Mutombo

This One’s For You Grandma!

In 2000, the Michigan State Spartans returned to the Final Four after having lost in the semi-finals the year before. They were led by guard Mateen Cleaves and swingman Morris Peterson.

During Final Four week, Peterson had to attend a funeral after his grandmother passed away.

In the semi-finals, Peterson scored 16 points in the second half, leading the Spartans to a victory over the Wisconsin Badgers.

He pointed to the sky after every made field goal, with his personal loss still on his mind: "I just wanted to go out and play for her. I just wanted to try to make an extra effort to let her know that I feel her presence."

In the championship game against Florida, Peterson scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half as the Spartans won their first national title since 1979.

For the tournament, Peterson scored 75 of his 105 points in the second half.

Coach Tom Izzo was asked about the stat: "Why he doesn’t do it in the first half, I don’t know. The good part is I don’t care anymore."

As he cut down the nets, Peterson held up a sign that read: "This One’s For You Grandma!"

photo via Hakeem Mutombo

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