March 27, 2010
This marks Michigan State's seventh Elite Eight appearance under Coach Tom Izzo, all since 1999...the Spartans will be seeking their sixth Final Four appearance in the last 12 years in Sunday's Midwest Regional final against Tennessee.
With the scored tied at 51 with 2:51 left, MSU closed the game on an 8-1 run to defeat Northern Iowa, 59-52.
Coach Izzo improved to 7-2 in the Sweet 16...as a program, MSU is now 7-4 in the Sweet 16 since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
MSU allowed just 52 points against Northern Iowa, the fewest MSU has given up in an NCAA Tournament game since Marquette in the 2007 first round, when the Golden Eagles scored 49 points...it marked the lowest scoring output for Northern Iowa since a 60-51 loss at Wichita State on Jan. 19.
The 59 points scored by MSU are the fewest by the Spartans in an NCAA Tournament win since they beat Wisconsin in the 2000 Final Four, 53-49.
Northern Iowa did not make a field goal in the last 10:21 of the game...UNI's last basket was a 3-pointer by Johnny Moran...the Panthers only shot 39 percent for the game, and just 24 percent in the second half (5-for-21).
Durrell Summers led all scorers with 19 points, including four 3-pointers...Summers had 11 points in the first half...with Northern Iowa in the lead, 46-44, Summers hit a 3-pointer at the 7:27 mark to give MSU the 47-46 advantage...MSU did not trail the rest of the game...Summers also had seven rebounds, his second-best output in an NCAA Tournament game (eight vs. USC, March 22, 2009)...Summers has now scored in double-figures in six straight NCAA Tournament games...he is averaging 15.7 points in those games...in MSU's three tournament games this season, he is averaging a team-best 19.7 points per game with 12 3-pointers while shooting 50 percent from the field (22-for-44).
In his first career NCAA Tournament start, Korie Lucious scored 10 points, collected a career-high six rebounds and dished out four assists...his acrobatic, turnaround jumper with 1:31 remaining gave MSU a four-point lead at 55-51...he played a career-high 39 minutes.
Michigan State trailed at the half, 29-22, and shot only 32 percent in the game's first 20 minutes...the Spartans came out of the locker room after halftime and went on a 16-5 run in the first 5:14, capped by a Summers dunk, to go up 38-34...MSU opened the second half shooting 8-for-9 from the field, including three 3-pointers and two dunks.
Playing with a torn meniscus in his right knee, Delvon Roe played 27 minutes, his most minutes in an NCAA Tournament game...he scored six points, including four during MSU's initial run after halftime...he also collected five rebounds.
Freshman Garrick Sherman was 2-for-2 from the field and scored four points in nine minutes of action...the four points are the most for Sherman since he scored six at Illinois on Feb. 6.
Michigan State shot 74 percent from the free-throw line (14-for-19).