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C-HOOP.....F 3/27/09
Posted on: 03-27-2009

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>>caption:  MORGAN (#2) & SUTON
(M) BATTLE JAYHAWKERS FOR A
LOOSE BALL<<

@ INDIANAPOLIS, IN:

    Michigan State used the 3-headed
monster of Goran Suton, Tom Izzo
and Kalin Lucas to beat Kansas 67-62
Friday night.
    Suton led all scorers with 13-P in the 1st-H to keep State from being blown
out early, Izzo made his customary intermission adjustments and called
critical plays down the stretch during a series of well-timed timeouts and
Lucas executed at both ends of the floor at crunch time while scoring a
dozen points following the break.  
    The Spartans advanced to the NCAA-D1 Elite 8 by ousting the defending
national champion Jayhawks, beating KU for the second time this season. MSU's
reward is to face #1-seed Louisville in Sunday's Midwest Region Final (2:20pmET
on CBS).
    Winning close games in the closing moments has been a trademark of this
Spartan team since Big Ten Conference play began. They did it again Friday
in a game where both teams fought hard on defense.  
    After trailing by as many as 13-P in the 1st-H and after being down 60-55
with just 3:04 to play, Michigan State closed the game on a 12-2 run.  
    Cold-shooting at the start, another MSU pattern this season, found State
trailing 9-2 when they began just 1-of-8 from the field. MSU responded with an 8-0
burst to briefly go ahead 10-9 on a Durrell Summers 3-pointer. Each team followed
with 6-0 surges and the Spartans gained another brief 16-15 lead on a Suton jumper.
However, a Sherron Collins 3-ball began an 11-0 Jayhawks run and shortly thereafter
a Cole Aldrich dunk gave KU its biggest bulge of 32-19 with 3:26 remaining before
halftime. Suton launched a controlled jumper at the buzzer and replay overruled the
referees by confirming the ball left Suton's fingernails a fraction of a second before
the clock read zero to get MSU back to within 36-29 at the half.    
    Michigan State came out of the locker room with a 13-6 spurt where Draymond Green
scored five consecutive points before Suton's triple tied the game 42-all just 4:43 into
the second stanza. Aldrich made a pair of baskets sandwiched around a Collins layup to
put Kansas back up 48-42. State then went on a 9-1 run capped by Travis Walton's  
jumper (his only basket of the game) for a 51-49 MSU edge. Back-&-forth followed until
Tyrel Reed swished a 3-pointer from the right corner (his only hoop) to give Kansas a
56-53 lead and Collins made a layup for a 58-53 margin with 4:12 to play.
    Suton of MSU and Collins of KU exchanged baskets for the 60-55 Jayhawks lead with
3:26 on the clock. Summers made a put-back and seconds later he sank his first of two
foul shots to get State within 60-58. Izzo called a T-O when Summers grabbed his charity
toss miss and set up a Lucas to Raymar Morgan dunk to deadlock the game 60-all with
1:50 to play.
    Collins turned the ball over at the other end. Again Izzo called timeout. Lucas
followed with a 3-point play off a pump fake in the lane to give Michigan State the lead
for good at 63-60 with 48-sec remaining. Freshman Tayshaun Taylor made two pressure
free throws to get Kansas within 63-62 with 32-sec left. Lucas then made four foul shots
to close out the contest.
    Michigan State was 16-of-17 at the line including a perfect 7-of-7 for Lucas.
    State used 11 players to just eight for Kansas and once more used their depth to
defeat a tired foe in the late stages.
    Suton with 20-P and Lucas with 18-P (although just 5-of-15 shooting) were the only
Spartans scoring in double figures. Suton had a team-high 9-RB and Lucas a game-high
7-A.  Summers had 9-P and Chris Allen & Green 7-P each.
    KU's Collins matched Suton's game-high 20-P. Aldrich scored 17-P and grabbed a
game-high 14-RB. Taylor had 8-P. The rest of the Jayhawks could score only a combined
17-P.  
    Led by Aldrich, Kansas out-rebounded usually board-dominant MSU 37-31. However,
State countered that with a 13-7 edge in steals with Suton getting a game-high five
and Lucas adding four more.
    Michigan State improved to 29-6. Kansas ended its season 27-7.           
           
QUOTEBOOK...

MSU H-COACH TOM IZZO:   "This year I've gone by feel. And sometimes I just feel sick,
and it seems to work out...Kansas is a very, very good team. I'm very proud of how
our guys fought back."

MSU GD KALIN LUCAS:   "One thing (on his go-ahead 3-pt play), the shot clock was
going down. That's all I tried to do, tried to create. I just got lucky and I got him
with the bump and I scored."

MSU GD TRAVIS WALTON:   "You know, I think the type of person Kalin is, when he gets
another big-time guard (like KU's Collins), he wants to kind of prove himself to the nation.
Today, I think he took it personal."

KU CEN CEN COLE ALDRICH:   "It's not just everybody in the locker room, it's everybody
that puts on a KU shirt. Everybody is hit hard because we had our chances and we didn't
capitalize on them."

KU H-COACH BILL SELF:   "You know, we gave them a run. We just didn't finish the game
...If you look at that (late MSU go-ahead) possession...they let Lucas take the ball and
try and create something in the middle."

OVERTIME:

    The Michigan State women's basketball team plays Iowa State in the NCAAW Sweet 16
Saturday night at Cal-Berkley (9pmET on ESPN).

                                                                 ### 

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