Given how hard the Spartans have had to battle for points, those three may matter. Thomas fouled out on a technical with 6:06 left and finished with 27 points. Michigan State took a school record 37 shots beyond the arc, making just eight. That's the formula it will try to use against the athletically gifted Spartans (30-4).
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Paschal Chukwu connected on one free throw with 2.4 seconds left and the miss gave Michigan State a chance to win in dramatic fashion, but Winston couldn't pull it off. MSU has the better starting five.
Michigan State led 25-22 at halftime after Matt McQuaid made a 3-pointer off the glass after having his shot blocked back to him, catching the ball and throwing it back up with his feet off the ground.
Michigan State basketball faces Syracuse in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 18, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. He had a bulky, black brace protecting his broken right elbow as he shot with both hands during warmups with his teammates.
The loss eliminates MSU from the NCAA Tournament. Syracuse's zone defense may not allow for much inside but it will be important for Michigan State to establish a presence there.
Already with limited scorers on the roster, Syracuse was dealt a blow when Frank Howard (13 points) fouled out of the game with over six minutes remaining. That margin was plenty in this game.
The triple by McQuaid was more than welcomed for Michigan State fans. The Spartans were kept on the outside, unless they were trying to score off an offensive rebound.
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SAN DIEGO - Shelton Mitchell scored a season-high 23 points, Gabe DeVoe had 22 and Clemson beat New Mexico State to out a flawless first round for No. 5 seeds.
Follow The State News for continuous coverage of March Madness. Syracuse has won and covered in four straight against the Spartans.
Clemson was almost flawless at the offensive end against the 12th-seeded champions of the WAC.
Cassius Winston led Michigan State with 15 points.
Jairus Lyles led four UMBC players in double-digit scoring with a game-high 28 points. The second-seeded Bearcats (31-4) advanced to play seventh-seeded Nevada. But it survived in part because Charleston committed 21 turnovers.
North Carolina 84, Lipscomb 66: Kenny Williams scored 18 points and defending national champion North Carolina took its time before opening up to beat Lipscomb in Charlotte, N.C. Theo Pinson had 15 points and flirted with a triple-double for the second-seeded Tar Heels (26-10).
The biggest shot to go down for the Tigers was Harper's deep 3 that gave them a 59-56 lead.
"He's absolutely one of the great coaches we've ever had", Boeheim said on Saturday.