UPDATE: Michigan State and Texas Tech tangled in their Final Four showdown in Minneapolis and it’s was not a night when offense ruled. The Red Raiders had a double-digit lead halfway throught the second half but the Spartans clawed their way back but fell short. The final score was Texas Tech 61 – MSU 51 and now Texas Tech goes on to play Virginia Monday night for the national championship.
State’s offense struggled through the night, barely shooting 32 percent from the field.
Texas Tech shot 56 percent after halftime, while its trademark defensive edge locked down on Michigan State.
MSU was led by Cassius Winston’s 16 points with Matt McQuaid added 12.
The Red Raiders were led by guard Matt Mooney’s 22 points.
The Spartans end their season 32-7.
HALFTIME: The much-praised Texas Tech Red Raider (30-6) defense squared off with the sometimes-struggling Michigan State Spartan (32-6) offense and at the half Texas Tech leads 23-21 with the winner of the game moving on to Monday night’s NCAA championship game against Virginia.
The Spartans made only one of nine field goals over the final 7½ minutes of the first period, a 3-pointer by Cassius Winston with 1:03 left.
Spartans senior guard Matt McQuaid tossed in 9 points and All-American Cassius Winston added 9 points.
The Spartans had to fight their way through cold spells, including a 4:00 scoreless drought early in the game.
Spartans coach Tom Izzo has taken his team to the Final Four for the eighth time, with point guard Cassius Winston leading the way this season after surviving the stacked East Region and defeating consensus favorite Duke, the No. 1 overall seed, in the Elite Eight.
This is the first appearance for the Red Raiders, who are coached by Chris Beard and fueled his relentlessly aggressive defensive approach. The Red Raiders also beat a No. 1 seed to get here, taking down Gonzaga in the West Region final last weekend.
After the game tonight on 6 News we’ll have reports from East Lansing and Audrey Dahlgren in Minneapolis.