Michigan State 70, Memphis 48:
Gary Harris scored 23 points as the
Spartans advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 11th time under
coach Tom Izzo in a third-round NCAA Tournament
game at Auburn Hills, Mich.
Michigan State (27-8), the No. 3
seed in the Midwest, advances to a meeting with either Duke
or Creighton in the regional semifinals. The Spartans also got 14
points, 10 rebounds and five blocks from Adreian Payne and 13 points
and eight boards from Derrick Nix.
Sixth-seeded Memphis (31-5) was
led by Geron Johnson's 16 points and Joe Jackson's 12 points and
seven boards. The Tigers connected on 5-of-23 3-pointers and were
held to their lowest point total of the season.
The Spartans came out hot, taking
a 26-13 lead with 7:59 to play in first half on Harris' 3-pointer,
which gave the freshman 14 of his 17 first-half points. But the Tigers rallied back,
outscoring MSU 16-6 the rest of the half to pull within three at the
Michigan State also started out hot in
the second half, going on an opening 13-3 run - punctuated by
two straight Payne dunks - to take a 13-point lead with 12:24 to play
and the Tigers never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Michigan State
improved to 12-1 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, including a 4-0 mark
in NCAA Tournament games. … Spartans G Keith Appling hurt his right
shoulder in the second half and was taken to the locker room, but he
returned to the bench and appeared to be OK. … Memphis shot 29.7
percent and was outrebounded 49-29.