Denzel Valentine vents a little anger in MSU victory

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Anaheim, Calif. —  There wasn't much for Denzel Valentine to get mad about during Michigan State's stay in sunny California.

But he lost his cool a bit as the clock was winding down on Sunday's 77-64 victory over Providence.

As the final seconds ticked away, Providence's Kyron Cartwright appeared to grab Valentine as if he were going to try one more foul.

Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine passes the ball under pressure by Providence guard Junior Lomomba, background left, during the first half.

That didn't sit well with Valentine, who turned around and threw the ball at Cartwright.

"He grabbed me and I was like, '... what's going on?'" Valentine said.

The ball toss didn't seem to sit well with assistant coach Dane Fife, who appeared to scream his displeasure at Valentine while coaches were waiting in line for handshakes.

The ball toss was shown live on ESPN2, and, of course, it made the rounds on social media.

Told it was all over Twitter, Valentine shook his head and said, "Awww, (darn)."

Valentine was the Wooden Legacy tournament's Most Outstanding Player, after posting a triple-double in Game 1, a career-high 32 points in Game 2 and 17 points in the championship game.