Date: 4/3/2000
Game: NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Game, Michigan State vs. Florida 
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When Cleaves left the NCAA Championship Game in the third quarter with an ankle injury, it looked like Florida was going to seize the opportunity and take the title. They had been cutting into Michigan State's lead prior to Cleaves' injury, and another run seemed certain. Cleaves toughed it out, returned to the game, and led the Spartans on a 16-6 run to finish off the Gators. Although he needed crutches after the game, the point guard's gritty 18-point performance over Florida earned him the tournament's Most Outstanding Player Award.