Boxscore
Michigan St 65, Saint Louis 61
Sunday, March 18, 2012 2:45 PM
Location - Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Officials - Doug Shows, Verne Harris, Mark Nance
Attendance - 17425

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Saint Louis 21 40 61
Michigan St 26 39 65

Recap


Michigan State 65, Saint Louis 61: Draymond Green scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half, taking over down the stretch to help top-seeded Michigan State hold off stubborn Saint Louis in NCAA tournament third-round action in Columbus, Ohio.
 
The Spartans (29-7) will face No. 4-seeded Louisville in a West Regional semifinal Thursday in Phoenix.
 
Down by as many as 11 points with 11:42 remaining, the ninth-seeded Billikens (26-8) fought back to cut the deficit to two, 53-51, on a Kwamain Mitchell layup at the 3:19 mark. Green, however, responded with a jumper late in the shot clock on Michigan State's next trip and then fed Keith Appling for a back-breaking 3-pointer, stretching the Spartans' lead back to seven with 1:34 on the clock.
 
Saint Louis got within three one last time on a 3-pointer by Mike McCall with 8.5 seconds left, but Michigan State was able to ice it with an Austin Thornton free throw.
 
Green, who posted a triple-double in Friday's second-round win over LIU-Brooklyn, finished with 12 rebounds and six assists Sunday. Appling added 15 points for the Spartans. Mitchell and Brian Conklin paced the Billikens with 11 points apiece.
 
GAME NOTEBOOK:
Saint Louis was held to 35 percent shooting (18 for 51) from the field and hit just 7 of 25 3-point attempts ... The Billikens fell despite committing only six turnovers ... Michigan State evened its all-time series with Saint Louis at 1-1, avenging a loss in the semifinals of the 1989 NIT ... The Spartans became the third Big Ten team to advance to the Sweet 16, joining Ohio State and Indiana.

Saint Louis Billikens

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Brian Conklin 30:00 3-9 0-0 5-6 1 1 2 2 3 0 1 1 11
Dwayne Evans 33:00 2-5 0-0 3-4 1 5 6 0 3 1 2 0 7
Rob Loe 21:00 2-6 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 0 1 0 5
Mike McCall 22:00 2-5 2-3 0-0 2 2 4 2 1 1 0 0 6
Kwamain Mitchell 33:00 3-10 2-9 5-6 0 1 1 3 3 0 1 0 13
Jordair Jett 31:00 2-5 1-2 5-7 1 5 6 0 3 3 0 0 10
Cody Ellis 13:00 2-7 1-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 5
Cory Remekun 16:00 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 4
Kyle Cassity 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 18-51 7-25 18-23 7 18 25 9 16 5 6 1 61
  35.3% 28.0% 78.3% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 6

Michigan St Spartans

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Keith Appling 32:00 7-14 1-3 4-7 2 1 3 3 4 0 1 0 19
Draymond Green 35:00 6-11 2-4 2-3 2 11 13 6 3 2 3 0 16
Adreian Payne 25:00 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 7 7 1 1 0 1 1 4
Austin Thornton 25:00 1-1 1-1 3-4 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 0 6
Brandon Wood 35:00 5-8 0-1 0-1 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 10
Derrick Nix 15:00 4-5 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 3 0 10
Brandan Kearney 16:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0
Travis Trice 16:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
Russell Byrd 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 25-46 4-10 11-17 4 25 29 12 19 2 11 1 65
  54.3% 40.0% 64.7% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 11
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