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Michigan State Ends UNI Dream Run, 59-52

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The NCAA dream run has ended for the UNI Panthers. Michigan State roared back from a seven point first-half deficit to beat the Panthers 59-52 Friday night at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

UNI scored the first seven points of the game, bursting to a seven point lead. Michigan State, playing without star guard, Kalin Lucas, had major offensive problems in the first half. An outstanding Panther defense held Tom Izzo's club to just one field goal in the final nine minutes of the first half. The Panthers led at halftime, as Kwadzo Ahelebe worked the clock down and drained a jumper for the 29-22 halftime lead. UNI shot 52-per cent in the first half. 

Michigan State came to life in the second half, ignited by a powerful slam from Durrell Summers off a missed field goal to tie the game at 34, and outscoring the Panthers 14-4 during one run.

The Panthers went cold, both from the field and at the foul line, missing key shots in the second half. The Panthers made only five field goals in the second half.  UNI went without a field goal the last ten minutes of the game, as Michigan State ends the Panthers season 59-52. UNI finishes with its best record in school history with 30-wins and just 5-losses.

While the Panthers head home, Michigan State, now 27-8, moves on to face Tennessee in the Midwest Regional Final Sunday afternoon. 

Online Reporter: Ron Steele

rsteele@kwwl.com

 

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