UPDATE – The improbable Michigan State Spartan run in the NCAA tourney ended tonight in Indianapolis with a 81-61 loss to the Duke Blue Devils. Duke came out of the half scoring six unanswered point until Travis Trice broke a 7:58 scoring drought. With 14:30 to play in the game Duke extended its lead to 50-31, the biggest lead of the game to that point. The Spartans chipped away and trailed by 15 with 13:00 to play in the game.
The Spartans offense sputtered after a blistering hot start in the game. In the middle the Spartans struggled to contain freshman phenom Jahlil Okafor. Duke now will play the winner of the Wisconsin – Kentucky game.
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(WLNS) – The Spartans and Duke Blue Devils are twenty minutes away from one of the teams earning a spot in the National Championship game. At the half the score is Duke 36 MSU 25 .
The seven-seed Michigan State started off the game burying three-point shots and jumped out to an early lead over the number one seeded Duke. The Blue Devils hit a cold streak – at one point missing five consecutive shots.
At the 9:29 mark Duke clamped down on defense and the Spartans went cold. Duke’s Jahlil Okafor took control on offense and led the Blue Devils to a 22-18 lead with 7:00 to play in the half. Duke continued to play tough defense and stretched their lead to eight points with 4:30 to play in the half. Duke expanded their lead to 11 with 2:30 to play as MSU continued to be cold.