Michigan State has bent many times during this NCAA Tournament.
Alas, Texas Tech has broken them.
The Spartans couldn’t overcome a 13-point deficit second-half deficit, despite a valiant run on both ends of the floor late in the game, and fell to the Red Raiders in the Final Four, 61-51.
Michigan State shot just XX percent from the field, and lacked consistency on the offensive end for the most of the game.
Cassius Winston led the Spartans with 16 points and two assists, Matt McQuaid scored 12 and Aaron Henry 11.
Texas Tech sends Michigan State home in late stages
Senior Matt McQuaid has returned for Michigan State. News columnist John Niyo speculates McQuaid may have been dealing with leg cramps.
Turns out it’ll be Norense Odiase taking the free throws, not Brandone Francis. That winds up being a good thing for the Spartans, as Odiase misses the front end of a one-and-one.
Aaron Henry draws a foul at the other end. He sinks both, cutting the deficit to 3. On the next possession, he gets to the rim and lays in another basket.
Jarrett Culver snaps a scoring drought over 4-and-a-half minutes.
Texas Tech timeout: Texas Tech 54, Michigan State 51 (2:29 2nd)
Michigan State has it after the timeout. The possession is ended by Cassius Winston fouling Davide Moretti away from the ball.
Xavier Tillman stuffs Culver; a McQuaid 3-pointer rims out. That would have tied things up. There’s less than two minutes to go.
Culver draws a shooting foul. He makes one of two. It’s a 4-point game.
Tillman is stripped by Odiase at the perimeter. Woof. Culver drills a 3-pointer. That might do it. It’s a 7-point game with under a minute left.
Michigan State timeout: Texas Tech 58, Michigan 51 (0:54 2nd)
Kenny Goins misses a 3-pointer. Tillman fouls Odiase. 0:39 remaining. Odiase makes both free throws. The lead is 9.
Michigan State fails to score again. Another Tillman foul. Culver makes both again.
FINAL: Texas Tech 61, Michigan State 51
Michigan State within striking distance of Texas Tech late in second half
Cassius Winston is at the line to shoot two. He makes both. It’s a 7-point game.
Matt Mooney drives on Aaron Henry and gets up a short jumper that falls. Winston draws another shooting foul on the next possession. That’s Mooney’s third personal. Winston makes both again.
Jarrett Culver misses a 3-pointer.
Matt McQuaid appeared to have been injured a moment ago. A trainer is attending to his right leg.
Winston forces a shot on the baseline, misses. Xavier Tillman comes down with the rebound, though, and gets fouled while going back up with the ball. He makes both, cutting the deficit to 52-47.
Davide Moretti misses a 3-pointer. The Spartans come the other way, Winston pulls up from 3, also misses. Winston then commits a foul on the other end.
Somebody get Oprah on the horn: Everybody’s getting a foul call. This time it’s Kyler Edwards fouling Ward, who will go to the line for a one-and-one.
Tech appears to have cooled down from the field. It’s missed its last five shots, but the last one draws a foul. Brandone Francis will shoot two.
Media timeout: Texas Tech 52, Michigan State 47 (3:44 2nd)
Michigan State hanging on for dear life, cuts lead to single digits
Xavier Tillman is finally on the board. He catches a pass from Cassius Winston and beats his man inside for a deuce.
It’s Matt Mooney’s world in Minnesota. He drills another 3-pointer, giving him 20 on the night. Winston answers with a 3-pointer, cutting the deficit to 10.
Jarrett Culver comes right back the other end, though, and puts home a jumper. Tech’s lead is back to 12.
Injury update: Tariq Owens is jogging out of the tunnel and to the Texas Tech bench. He cuts in front of the Tech student section, whipping the young lads into a frenzy.
Tillman hits a 3-pointer, cutting Michigan State’s deficit to single digits.
Media timeout: Texas Tech 50, Michigan State 41 (7:30 2nd)
Tech comes up firing, goes up by double digits
Nick Ward draws a shooting foul inside. He makes the second of two. It’s 32-29, Tech. Matt Mooney misses a jumper.
Cassius Winston is then blocked on a drive by Tariq Owens; Owens comes down awfully on either his leg or his ankle. He’s being attended to by the training staff. Somehow, he goes away limping. But he is headed to the locker room, so we’ll keep an eye on that.
Brandone Francis gets a big bucket inside. Ward matches it on the other end. It’s a 34-31 Tech lead.
Mooney gets to the rim with style, laying in another 2 points. Goins misses a 3-pointer. Not a good game for the hero of last week’s Elite Eight matchup with Duke.
Kyler Edwards then goes to the rim, scoring and drawing a foul on Winston. He sinks the free throw, making it an 8-point game.
Ward makes a nice move in the paint to score again. He’s got five points, all in the last few minutes.
Mooney then sinks a 3-pointer. Tech has hit seven of its last eight. Winston misses a 3-point shot on the other end.
Another Mooney 3. This one hurts, putting the Red Raiders up by 12.
Media timeout: Texas Tech 45, Michigan State 33 (11:14 2nd)
Texas Tech scoring with efficiency, holding on to second-half lead
Kenny Goins wastes no time getting up his first shot of the half. It’s an airball. Luckily for the Spartans, Aaron Henry is right there to grab the rebound and lay it in. We’re tied at 23.
Davide Moretti promptly unties the game with a 3-pointer. Goins takes another 3-pointer, misses again.
Moretti drives to the paint and banks in a bucket. Matt McQuaid comes up with a big bucket, a triple that makes it 28-26.
Tariq Owens picks and pops, getting near the perimeter and draining a long 2-pointer. Aaron Henry draws a foul and will shoot two. He makes both. 2-point game again.
Brandone Francis hits a floater in the paint. This team has opened the second half with efficiency.
Media timeout: Texas Tech 32, Michigan State 28 (15:32 1st)
Texas Tech leads Michigan State, 23-21, at half
Matt Mooney breaks the scoring drought with a 2-pointer. Tech is on a 12-2 run over the last 8:15 or so (and counting).
Matt McQuaid gets trapped five feet beyond the perimeter, forcing a shot-clock violation. This Tech defense is stifling, folks.
Cassius Winston ends the drought with a 3-pointer. Michigan State down 23-21.
Winston slows things down after the Spartans get a stop. Tom Izzo wants timeout.
Michigan State timeout: Texas Tech 23, Michigan State 21 (0:20 1st)
Xavier Tillman can’t convert inside nearing the end of the shot clock. Mooney misses a deep 3 right before time expires.
Halftime: Texas Tech 23, Michigan State 21
Each team goes on field-goal drought lasting longer than five minutes
Matt McQuaid airballs a 3-pointer. Jarrett Culver is stuffed by Kenny Goins inside at the other end.
It’s a turnover and foul bonanza. Culver is assessed his second personal with 5:34 to go in the half. Michigan State is in the bonus. McQuaid misses the front end of a one-and-one.
Matt Mooney is then fouled in a jumper in the paint. He makes both, giving Tech a 21-18 lead. On the next Michigan State possession, Mooney swipes a pass by Winston.
That’s six turnovers for the Spartans.
Michigan State gets it back without surrendering any points. Xavier Tillman is fouled. He misses the front end of a one-and-one.
Both teams continue to miss. There hasn’t been a field goal from either side in over five minutes.
McQuaid continues that streak with a tough shot inside that falls short. Tariq Owens misses a 3-pointer that gets stuck between the rim and the backboard. Fitting.
Media timeout: Texas Tech 21, Michigan State 18 (2:30 1st)
8-0 run puts Red Raiders on top in first half
Cassius Winston is awarded two free throws after getting fouled on a drive to the bucket by Davide Moretti. He sinks both, putting Michigan State up, 16-11. The 5-point deficit is Tech’s largest deficit of the tournament.
Matt Mooney gives Tech some momentum with a 3-pointer. He then crosses over Gabe Brown, drives to the hole, and hits a pull-up fadeaway in the paint. That’s 5 points in 21 seconds, which ties the game at 16.
Nick Ward gets triple-teamed inside, forcing him to get up a poor shot that misses the mark. Michigan State gets a stop at the other end, but is then called for a moving screen, Ward’s second personal foul of the game.
Brandone Francis drills a 3-pointer to put the Red Raiders up, 19-16.
Two possessions later, Winston breaks the 8-0 run with a quick drive and score. Matt McQuaid draws a foul on Jarrett Culver.
Media timeout: Texas Tech 19, Michigan State 18 (7:21 1st)
Michigan State gains slight edge on Texas Tech early
Tariq Owens gets down the baseline and throws down a nasty dunk over Nick Ward. Matt McQuaid then airballs a 3-pointer.
Brandone Francis misses a 3 at the other end. Cassius Winston matches his miss from deep.
Deshawn Corprew throws a pass at McQuaid’s back, which the Spartan senior promptly scoops up and heads down the other way for a tough layup, getting fouled in the process. A converted free throw puts Michigan State up, 9-8.
McQuaid then comes off a screen and drills a 3-pointer. He’s got nine points thus far. Moments later, Owens goes crashing into the scorers table, appearing to have hit his head on the barrier. He’ll leave the game with a bump on the head for a second time.
Kyler Edwards drills a 3-pointer for the Red Raiders. Winston then gets to the hole, hitting a runner that’ll put the Spartans up by 3.
Media timeout: Michigan State 14, Texas Tech 11 (11:39 1st)
3-pointers have Michigan State tied up with Tech early
Texas Tech wins the tip. Here we go.
Matt Mooney immediately tries an alley-oop to Tariq Owens, but it’s just out of the reach of Owens’ grasp as he elevates toward the basket. Matt McQuaid gets Michigan State’s first shot, it’s a very deep 3 with an expiring shot clock, and it bangs its way home. Spartans up, 3-0.
Norense Odiase picks up an offensive rebound. He kicks to Owens, who immediately ties the game with a 3-pointer. Kenny Goins turns it over, which leads to Jarrett Culver drawing a foul. He makes one. It’s 4-3, Tech.
Aaron Henry takes Michigan State’s second 3-pointer. This one also falls through. Spartans back on top, 6-4.
Brandone Francis ties it up two possessions later with a bucket inside. Xavier Tillman turns it over on the other end. That’s two turnovers for both teams.
Tight defense by Michigan State forces a rough possession for the Red Raiders. Tech takes it nearly all the way to the shot clock, and the possession ends after Davide Moretti and Owens collide head-on chasing a ball that goes out of bounds.
Media timeout: Michigan State 6, Texas Tech 6 (15:48 1st)
Michigan State is aiming for a trip to the NCAA national championship game. Follow along for live updates from Nolan Bianchi as Michigan State takes on Texas Tech in an NCAA national semifinal game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (8:49 p.m.,CBS/760).
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