Michigan State Drops 63-58 Decision to Minnesota
Miles Bridges led the team with 20 points in loss to the Golden Gophers.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Reggie Lynch scored 16 points to lead fourth-seeded Minnesota to a 63-58 victory over fifth-seeded Michigan State on Friday in a physical Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal.
Even with 20 points from freshman Miles Bridges, the Spartans (19-14) couldn't overcome shooting 20 percent from the 3-point line and now must sweat out Selection Sunday on the bubble.
Coach Tom Izzo pointed to his team's youth as the culprit in the loss.
''I just felt like our players did not realize the sense of urgency is needed for 40 minutes when you play in one-and-done time,'' Izzo said. ''Maybe we'll do a better job if we get to play again in a tournament.''
Amir Coffey added 13 points for Minnesota, which had four players in double figures and committed only nine turnovers.
Michigan State: Is squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble short of 20 wins and will be at the mercy of the selection committee. ''I think we deserve to go, but it's out of my control,'' guard Matt McQuaid said.
Michigan State: Awaits Selection Sunday.