Sweet 16 Highlights: (4) Michigan State 61 – (1) Virginia 59


Michigan State - VirginiaNEW YORK, NY – They had to fight tooth and nail for every inch, but in the end, the 4th-seeded Spartans of Michigan State held off the top seeded Virginia Cavaliers 61-59 to advance to the Elite 8, where they will take on the 7th-seeded Connecticut Huskies.

Branden Dawson led the Spartans with 24 points and 10 rebounds.  Adreian Payne added 16 points for Tom Izzo’s squad.

The Cavaliers were led by guards Joe Harris and Malcolm Brogdon, who scored 17 points apiece.

Ian Eagle and John Thompson called the action on WestwoodOne Sports.

(Adreian Payne puts Michigan State up 45-42 with a dunk)

(Branden Dawson gives MSU a 49-42 lead)

(Justin Anderson’s three ties the game at 51-51)

(The Spartans regain the lead thanks to Adreian Payne)

(Dawson jams one home and it’s 56-51 State)

(The final call as MSU advances to the Elite 8)

(Postgame interview with Michigan State’s Adreian Payne)

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