WHEW! MSU drops scrappy Bradley 76-65

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Michigan State forward Aaron Henry drives to the basket past Bradley forward Luuk van Bree, right, during a first round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The Michigan State Spartans ran into a team that apparently wasn’t impressed or intimidated by MSU’s reputation.

The Bradley Braves, a 15 seed, gave the Spartans all they could handle today at the First Round NCAA tourney game in Des Moines.

It took the Spartans almost the entire game to take control, eventually clawing out a 76-65 win.

At the half the Braves held a 35-34 lead.

The Braves rode the hot-shooting point guard Darrell Brown Jr, who three up a 3-pojnt shot that gave Bradley a 51-50 lead with just under 11 minutes to play.

From there the Spartans fought back to a 54-53 lead with just over 7 minutes to play and hung on until the end of the game.

This game might have felt like deja vu for Spartan fans. In 2016 MSU lost to Middle Tennessee State in the first round 90-81.

Now the Spartans go on to the second round to play Minnesota in a Big Ten rematch.

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