Memphis Falls to Michigan State, 70-48, in Third Round of NCAA Tournament
March 23, 2013
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Cold shooting plagued the No. 6 seed University of Memphis men's basketball team (31-5) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament as the Tigers fell to No. 3 seed Michigan State (27-8), 70-48, Saturday.
With the game knotted at 6-all six minutes in, the Spartans began the pull away with five points from Gary Harris and a bucket from Matt Costello to build a 13-6 lead with 12:21 to go in the half.
After a monstrous dunk from Tarik Black, the Spartans moved the ball quickly to the other end to find a wide-open Harris for an 18-10 advantage midway through the half. A three from Geron Johnson cut into the Michigan State lead at 19-13, but Harris answered with two more treys to push the Spartan lead to 26-13 with 7:59 to play.
The Tigers began to chip away their deficit with back-to-back jumpers from Adonis Thomas followed by a triple from Johnson to make it 28-20 with five minutes left in the half. Another three from Johnson followed by a drive to the basket by Joe Jackson put Memphis within three at 28-25 with 3:08 remaining in the half.
The Spartans ended Memphis' 8-0 run with a layup from Harris before a layup from Denzel Valentine pushed Michigan State's lead back to seven with 1:47 remaining in the half. Memphis ended the half on a 4-0 spurt with buckets from Jackson and Chris Crawford to make it 32-29 at the break.
Johnson led the Tigers at the half with 13 points, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc. Jackson chipped in six points for Memphis along with seven boards and three assists. D.J. Stephens added four rebounds for the Tigers in addition to blocking four shots.
The Memphis offense cooled off to start the second half as the Spartans built a 39-30 lead four minutes in after a layup from Derrick Nix. Michigan State stretched its lead even further after a jumper from Keith Appling and a dunk from Adreian Payne made it 43-32 with 12:45 to play.
The Tigers cut their deficit back to single digits after a jumper from Jackson put the score at 45-37 midway through the half. However, the Spartans quickly countered with a 5-0 run to build a 52-37 advantage with nine minutes to go.
A jumper from Jackson pulled the Tigers within 11 at the 7:08 mark, but the Spartans ended the game on a 16-5 run to earn a 70-48 victory.
Johnson led Memphis with 16 points and four rebounds while Jackson finished with 12 points, seven boards and three assists.
Harris scored 23 points to lead the Spartans while Payne chipped in 14 points and Nix added 13. The Spartans shot 50 percent from the field while holding Memphis to 30 percent.