March 28, 2009
With the win over Kansas, MSU improves to 6-1 in Regional Semifinal games in the Coach Izzo era...it marks Izzo's sixth Elite Eight appearance (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009).
Goran Suton scored a season-high 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting...his previous season high was 18 against Texas...he scored 13 points in the first half on 5-of-9 shooting...during one stretch, he scored nine consecutive points for the Spartans in the first half...he also hit a jumper as time expired in the first half...Suton also had a career-high five steals.
Kalin Lucas scored MSU's last seven points of the game...with the scored tied at 60, he connected on a jumper against Sherron Collins, and also hit a free throw after getting fouled to make it 63-60 with 48 seconds left...he also hit four more free throws down the stretch to finish with 18 for the game...Lucas also had seven assists, which tied his NCAA Tournament best, and four steals, which is a career high for him in an NCAA Tournament game...with the score tied at 60, Lucas had a key steal at the 1:20 mark, just before his 3-point play that put MSU up for good...Lucas was 7-for-7 overall from the free-throw line.
Travis Walton dished out five assists, which tied his NCAA Tournament high (vs. Marquette and North Carolina in 2007).
Michigan State shot 94.1 percent (16-for-17) from the free-throw line.
Kansas went on a 17-3 run over five and a half minutes from the 9:03 to 3:27 minute mark in the first half to go up 32-19...the 13-point lead was the largest of the game for KU...MSU followed with a 10-4 run to close the half to make it 36-29 at the break.
After a Collins jumpshot to open the second half, MSU went on a 13-4 run, capped by a Suton 3-pointer to tie the game at 42 with 15:15 left...Draymond Green had five points during the run.
Following a 6-0 KU run that made it 48-42 at the 12:40 mark, MSU responded with a 9-1 run to take a 51-49 lead on a Travis Walton jumper, giving MSU its first lead since 16-15 at the 9:03 mark in the first half.
KU was held without a field goal for six and a half minutes (12:40 to 6:17) during the second half...MSU went on a 11-3 run during that span.
After committing 10 turnovers in the first half, MSU only had three in the second half.
MSU now leads the all-time series vs. Kansas, 5-4.