Instant Analysis: No. 7 Michigan State holds on

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If there’s anything we know from March, it’s that a game is never over, and that was definitely the case in this one. Michigan State seemed to have put this one away about three separate times in the second half, but Georgia refused to be silenced. They battled back from 10 point deficits three times in today’s game but were never able to even the score as Michigan State went on to win a game that was much closer than the score indicates, 70-63.

Impact Player

Denzel Valentine was the difference in this one for Tom Izzo’s squad. Valentine finished with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and probably his best stat: 6-6 on free throws. Valentine was the player that came through every time Sparty Nation needed him to today. He had several big buckets in the final five minutes when it appeared Georgia may have been putting a comeback together, and he had a huge play halfway through the second half when he dove to keep the ball in bounds after he grabbed a defensive rebound that turned into 3 points for Michigan State.

Turning Point

There wasn’t one in this one. There were several times where it seemed Michigan State had put the nail in the coffin and went up by double digits on the Dawgs again but every time, Georgia came charging back up within 3 points to keep this one interesting.

Strange Yet True

Georgia had more rebounds, a better free throw percentage, and they only turned the ball over once in the second half, yet didn’t win due to their 33-percent shooting.

Up Next

No. 7 Michigan State will take on the Winner of No. 2 Virginia vs. No. 14 Belmont this Sunday.

Georgia’s season comes to an end with a 21-11 record and Mark Fox falls to 0-2 with the Bulldogs in the tournament.

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