Spartans' run halts against UConn

Michigan State, seniors fall one game short of the Final Four in a loss to UConn on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Whatever magic March seems to bring came screeching to a half Sunday for Michigan State.

The Spartans fell to Connecticut in the Elite 8 60-54 as Adreian Payne and Keith Appling became the first seniors to never play in a Final Four in Tom Izzo's tenure.

The Huskies went on a 23-7 run in the second half and pulled away from the Spartans.

Just five Michigan State players had field goals. Gary Harris had 22 to lead MSU, while Payne, Appling, Branden Dawson, and Denzel Valentine were the others.

UConn led by 10 with about five minutes to go, but Valentine and Harris hit 3-pointers to bring MSU back in it at 49-45.

The Huskies just proved too much for an MSU offense that couldn't get any points in the paint as UConn executed its game plan defensively.

Michigan State got within two after a Keith Appling driving layup with 2:37 left and had a chance to tie it or take the lead, but turned the ball over.

Shabazz Napier hit a fading two to give the Huskies a 53-49 lead.

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