Boxscore
Louisville 57, Michigan St 44
Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:47 PM
Location - US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Officials - Pat Driscoll, Mike Littlewood, Antinio Petty
Attendance - 14913

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Louisville 23 34 57
Michigan St 18 26 44

Recap


Louisville 57, Michigan State 44:
In a battle of two of the nation's best defensive teams, fourth-seeded Louisville clamped down a little more tightly, shutting down top-seeded Michigan State in Phoenix to advance to the West Regional final.

The Cardinals (29-9) will battle either No. 3 seed Marquette or No. 7 Florida on Saturday.

Michigan State (29-8) cut a 10-point deficit to four, 35-31, on a putback dunk by Draymond Green with 10:59 remaining, but Louisville responded with a 13-2 run to take its largest lead of the game, a 13-point cushion at the 6:12 mark. The Spartans, who shot just 28 percent on the night, never got any closer than seven the rest of the way, and the Cardinals erased any doubt with a late 8-0 run that stretched the gap to 15.

Louisville held Michigan State to a season-low 18 points in the first half on 27 percent (6 for 22) shooting — and though the Cardinals made just 1 of 11 two-point shots in the opening period, it was able to take a five-point edge into the locker room thanks to a 7-for-15 effort from 3-point range. The Spartans came in allowing foes to hit just 29.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Chane Behanan paced Louisville with 15 points and nine rebounds. Brandon Wood scored 14 points for Michigan State, while Green finished his final collegiate game with 13 points and 16 rebounds.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Louisville center Gorgui Dieng hit his first career 3-pointer during the first half ... Michigan State came in ranked fifth nationally in rebounding margin (plus-8.3), but Louisville finished the night with a 34-32 edge on the glass ... The Cardinals are now 2-1 in against the Spartans in NCAA Tournament, avenging a 64-52 defeat in the 2009 Midwest Regional final.

Louisville Cardinals

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Chane Behanan 29:00 6-10 0-1 3-7 4 5 9 1 2 3 1 0 15
Gorgui Dieng 40:00 2-5 1-1 0-0 0 9 9 0 3 3 1 7 5
Kyle Kuric 32:00 3-8 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 7
Peyton Siva 35:00 2-9 0-3 0-0 0 3 3 9 2 0 5 0 4
Chris Smith 28:00 3-7 3-6 0-0 1 4 5 1 0 1 1 0 9
Russ Smith 17:00 3-10 2-4 3-4 2 1 3 3 2 0 1 0 11
Wayne Blackshear 8:00 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Jared Swopshire 11:00 2-4 2-3 0-0 2 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 6
TOTAL 200 21-55 9-23 6-11 9 25 34 15 11 9 9 7 57
  38.2% 39.1% 54.5% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 9

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 1-6 1-2 3-4 0 1 1 4 2 2 4 1 6
Draymond Green 37:00 5-16 1-7 2-2 1 15 16 2 4 1 6 2 13
Adreian Payne 21:00 1-4 0-0 2-2 1 3 4 0 2 1 1 2 4
Austin Thornton 35:00 1-3 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 2 4 0 1 0 3
Brandon Wood 31:00 4-11 2-8 4-4 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 14
Derrick Nix 18:00 2-6 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 1 4
Brandan Kearney 4:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Travis Trice 18:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 2 1 0 0
Russell Byrd 2:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Gauna 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Ianni 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 14-49 5-21 11-12 6 26 32 12 15 8 15 7 44
  28.6% 23.8% 91.7% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 15
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