Naz Reid #0 of the LSU Tigers drives to the basket against Xavier Tillman #23 of the Michigan State Spartans during the second half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Michigan State put together a wire-to-wire victory as it powered past LSU 80-63 in the Sweet 16 from Washington, DC.
The two-seeded Spartans scored the first eight points of the game and led by a dozen at halftime. Aaron Henry finished with a team-high 20 points and Cassius Winston contributed 17 points and eight assists. Michigan State returns to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2015 and faces top-overall seed Duke on Sunday.
Tremont Waters piled up 23 points for the Tigers in defeat. LSU was never able to close the gap as it ends the season at 28-7.
"We've had a great run this year through all the adversity we've been through," said interim head coach Tony Benford. "They accomplished a lot and I'm really proud of these guys."
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