Spartans Win Heavyweight Fight 82-73

It was a true heavyweight contest with actual knockdowns, spills and back and forth flurries. But Michigan State, as it has done so many times this season simply wore down the UConn Huskies with their superior depth.

DETROIT - It was a true heavyweight contest with actual knockdowns, spills and back and forth flurries. But Michigan State, as it has done so many times this season simply wore down the UConn Huskies with their superior depth.

We thought we had depth on them, so we wanted to run," said Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo. "We thought we could run if we could rebound, and we rebounded the ball pretty well."

The Spartans hurt UConn by gettin gout on the break including Durrell Summers delivering the knockout punch with a thundering slam, posterizing forward Stanley Robinson and extending Michigan State's lead to ten.

UConn became increasingly frustrated as the game wore on. Coach Jim Caluhoun spent so much time lobbying the NCAA selection committee officials at courtside that a referee came over and told him to "coach his team" and stop complaining.

MSU's Durrell Summers and UConn's A.J. Price got into a protracted elbowing match and jawed at each other down the stretch but Summers said it was just two competitors playing hard and they congratulated each other after the game on a hard fought contest.

Morgan's slam dunk off a Travis Walton steal of Robinson seem to finish the Huskies by giving Michigan State an 11-point lead with 3:18 remaining.

But then freshman forward Draymond Green fouled out with 1:45 remaining after giving MSU a big lift off the bench with eight points in a pivotal 17-5 stretch that saw MSU take the lead away from UConn for good.

Guard A.J. Price hit a basket with 1:26 left and MSU center Goran Suton was called for a two shot foul after the play which drew UConn to within four with 1:26 left.

Robinson threw down a thundering slam off a missed shot but Summers broke away and hit a twisting lay up while getting fouled and converted the free throw and Michigan State salted the game away with a convincing nine point victory.

Michigan State (31-6) next faces the winner of the other national semifinal between heavily favored North Carolina and Villanova for the National Championship on Monday.


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