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Michigan State suffers shocking second-round NCAA Tournament loss to Syracuse

19 March 2018, 12:32 | Nina Perez

Michigan State suffers shocking second-round NCAA Tournament loss to Syracuse


Michigan State may have a rough offseason because it will likely lose Bridges and freshman Jaren Jackson to the National Basketball Association draft and the school's crisis on campus isn't going away anytime soon.

Michigan State (30-5) saw its season end in disappointing fashion as they shot only 25 percent (17-for-67) from the field and 21 percent (8-for-38) from three-point range.

Syracuse made just one field goal in the game's last four minutes, a Tyus Battle step-back jumper that put the Orange up 52-49 with 47 seconds remaining. It's what we do.

"Like our team a couple of years ago with Denzel (Valentine) and them ... we just got beat by a team that played better than us that night".

Stephanie Funkhouser is in Detroit and will bring us post game thoughts on FOX 17 news at 10 and 11. The Spartans have a rebound margin of 10.4 and a turnover margin of -3.2.

BC-BKC-NCAA-Syracuse-Michigan St Capsule, 284 Michigan State shoots to beat Syracuse in championship questAP Photo MIPS149, MSRS115Eds: APNewsNow. "They have other players that are really good".

Michigan State and Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo would love a rematch with Duke and Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski in the Midwest Regional semifinals on Friday.

The Orange had to deal with guard Frank Howard (13 points) fouling out with over six minutes left in the game.

BOTTOM LINE: The Spartans, with a title-or-bust mentality, are desperately hoping to survive the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years. He hit pull-up jumpers in the halfcourt, drained open threes and finished at the rim at will.

Michigan State led 44-40 at the half over Bucknell.

Michael Oguine and Ahmaad Rorie scored 15 points apiece to lead the Grizzlies.

Nevada (28-7) erased a 14-point, second-half deficit and tied it at 68 when Jordan Caroline hit one of two free throws with 3.8 seconds left in regulation.

MI 61, Montana 47: The third-seeded Wolverines absorbed a big opening salvo from the Grizzlies, then turned to Charles Matthews to lead them back.

A tight, compelling contest throughout, the game nevertheless had an odd feel, with Little Caesars Arena having mostly emptied out after the Michigan State-Bucknell game.

That's when Bridges went off, scoring 19 points in the final 20 minutes.

Up front, I'm a Syracuse grad proud of the run this team has made.

Purdue overcame the loss of Isaac Haas by relying on redshirt freshman Matt Haarms, who made his first start in place of the injured senior standout.

The public is behind Michigan State for this game.

Midway through the second half, Michigan State's Nick Ward took a nasty tumble while stretching from a pass by Winston.

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