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Photo Gallery: Michigan State vs. Gonzaga men’s basketball - Nov. 11, 2022

Kevin Knight/The Only Colors

The Michigan State men’s basketball team fell just a basket away from a victory over the No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs on Friday night in San Diego, California. However, the Armed Forces Classic provided an incredible setting for everyone involved as the game was played on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier currently in service for the United State Navy.

In front of a reported crowd of 3,572 sailors, marines and civilians, Michigan State and Gonzaga played an instant classic with the Bulldogs emerging with a close win, 64-63. The Only Colors had two staff members on hand for the game covering it live court-side from press row.

The photo galley below includes 84 images. All photos are credited to Kevin Knight/The Only Colors.

Not part of the gallery, but also available via Twitter embeds are the videos of the pregame flyover and oath by new enlistees at halftime. Please note that the pregame tweet was corrected by reply to reflect the fact it was two SH-60 Seahawks, not UH-60 Blackhawks, that participated in the pregame flyover.

Michigan State will tip off on Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Indianapolis against the No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. The game, part of the Champions Classic, will air on ESPN.