For much of the second half it looked like Virginia’s stifling defense just might have Michigan State’s number, but Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne had other plans.
Dawson and Payne combined for 22 of the Spartans' 31 second-half points to knock off No. 1 seed Virginia 61-59 at Madison Square Garden. Dawson led all scorers with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting while also pulling down 10 boards. Payne, a senior who was not content with his career ending just yet, scored 16 points and hit a huge three at the 1:31 mark to give the Spartans the lead for good.
Guards Malcolm Brogdon and Joe Harris scored 17 points apiece to lead the Cavaliers, but a six-minute second-half scoring drought allowed the Spartans to claw their way back and prevented the Cavaliers from returning to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1995.
It was a game of runs early on as Michigan State went on an early 11-2 run to take a 21-11 lead at the 9:47Read More »from Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne lead Michigan State past Virginia 61-59