UPDATE: The second-seeded Michigan State advances to the East Region final for a 10th trip to the Elite Eight under Tom Izzo.
Aaron Henry had 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists while Big Ten Player of the Year Cassius Winston added 17 points and eight assists for the Spartans.
ORIGINAL STORY: As the clock winds down the Spartans beat the Tigers 80-63. MSU will head to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2013.
40 seconds left to go in the Eastern Region Semifinal game and the arena echoes in chants of “go green, go white”
Nick Ward back from the locker room and waiting on the bench with three minutes left.
The Spartans were a bit shook after the Nick Ward injury, but still maintained a double digit lead.
A little under seven minutes and Nick Ward was taken out of the game after receiving an injury to his left hand, the injury resulted in a flagrant foul called on LSU.
Less than eight minutes in the game to see who gets to go to the Elite Eight, Michigan State has a solid lead of 17 points.
With less than 15 minutes to go in this Sweet 16 matchup, Michigan State rises up to a 15 point lead and a score of 56-41.
Early in the second half, a heart-pounding four points separated the two teams with LSU at 41 points and MSU at 45. The Tigers are pouncing on any opportunity to get a step closer to their first Final Four berth since 2006.
A 3-pointer just before the end of the half gave LSU a break and shifted the momentum as they went 8-0 to start the second half.
The number two seeded Spartans showed strength as they went into halftime with 40 points, but the number three seeded Tigers are fiercely competitive with 28 points.
From tip off to halftime the Spartans showed their strength with leads of as many as 17 points. Michigan State freshman Aaron Henry scoring 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists going into the half.