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SPARTANS WIN IN THRILLER

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Michigan State advanced to the Elite 8 in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Barely.

The 2nd seeded Spartans the top seeded Virginia Cavaliers in a close one.

Final score: MSU 61, Virginia 59.

The games keeps State in the tournament. They take the court again in New York on Sunday against the Connecticut Huskies.

"It was a hell of a game," said Coach Tom Izzo. "We showed a lot of character tonight."

Branden Dawson led the team with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

"We hung in there and my teammates hung in there, and we're glad to be here," he said after the game.

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