Michigan St. holds on against Bucknell; Syracuse advances

Lynette Rowe
March 19, 2018

But they may be able to take heart in the fact that they are 5-1 all time against the Spartans, with Michigan State's only win against Syracuse coming in the 2000 Final Four.

The Orange forced the Spartans (30-5) to settle for 3-pointers all afternoon and it worked brilliantly in a duel between Hall of Fame coaches.

McQuaid had tried to shoot a 3-pointer with two seconds left in the half but had it blocked. "That's got to change if we're going to be moving on".

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"The last couple of jump shots they threw up, they weren't in the ballpark", Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. Michigan State simply has too much talent and moves on.

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Syracuse leads the all-time series against Michigan State 10-7, and has won the last four games between the programs. "I've seen countless situations where I've been around him where he always does the right thing, 100 percent of the time".

The Bulldogs trailed by 10 with less than 6 minutes left and had a shot to tie the game when they had the ball with 1.8 seconds left. The Orange held onto slim leads because they forced the Spartans to miss their last 13 shots.

When asked whether also possessed the same muscle tone as his opponents from Michigan State, Dolezaj took a hard pass. Syracuse likely won't have an answer for Miles Bridges, who is one of the most dynamic players in the country. Swingman Miles Bridges, who's widely considered a first first-round National Basketball Association pick, added 11 points and six rebounds, but he shot only 4 for 18 from the field and struggled to find his rhythm. Syracuse's zone defense may not allow for much inside but it will be important for Michigan State to establish a presence there. Syracuse was quickly fouled and picked up two points, making it 54-51.

"We're going to play the way we play", Boeheim said.

Izzo insisted he will be back next season to help the school and his program bounce back from a scandal stemming from sexual assault allegations were handled against Larry Nassar, a former Michigan State doctor, who was sentenced to decades in jail. Offensively, Michigan State has been led by Miles Bridges (17.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.8 apg), Cassius Winston (12.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 6.9 apg), Nick Ward (12.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 bpg), and Jaren Jackson Jr. Matt McQuaid landed a foul and went to the line. Kelan Martin had 14 points and Kamar Baldwin scored 10 for the Bulldogs over the opening 20 minutes.

"That's the difference in the game", Izzo said.

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