April 7, 2009
Michigan State finishes the 2008-09 season with 31 victories, marking the third-most wins in school history (33 in 1998-99; 32 in 1999-2000).
MSU falls to 2-1 all-time in National Championship games...the Spartans defeated Indiana State in 1979 and Florida in 2000 in the program's other two appearances.
North Carolina forced 21 Spartan turnovers, the most for MSU since a loss at Purdue on Feb. 17 when it committed a season-high 22...MSU also had 22 turnovers vs. North Carolina in the first meeting on Dec. 3...the Tar Heels scored 25 points off those turnovers, the most given up since Northwestern scored 27 off turnovers on Jan. 21.
In his final game as a Spartan, Goran Suton recorded his 21st career double-double and his eighth of the season...Suton scored 17 points and collected 11 rebounds...he also tied his career high with three 3-pointers.
Kalin Lucas tied his NCAA Tournament career high with seven assists...he finished with 14 points.
Durrell Summers scored an NCAA Tournament career-high 13 points...he hit two 3-pointers and also had five rebounds.
MSU was held to 7-of-23 shooting beyond the arc.
The attendance of 72,922 set an NCAA Championship Game record...the total Final Four attendance of 145,378 was also a record.
UNC scored an NCAA title game record 55 points in the first half.
North Carolina went on a 26-6 run over seven minutes (16:47 to 9:44) in the first half to rush out to a 34-11 lead...the closest the Spartans would get from that point forward would be 13 points at the 4:46 mark in the second half with the score at 78-65...North Carolina led in double digits for nearly 36 minutes of the game.
The NCAA honored Magic Johnson and Larry Bird prior to the game, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 1979 National Championship game...Johnson and Bird also took part in a 30-minute press conference before the game.