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Neitzel Shoots MSU Past Pitt

Spartans punch ticket for Izzo's seventh Sweet 16
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2008 12:01 AM CDT
Neitzel Shoots MSU Past Pitt
Pittsburgh center DeJuan Blair, center, battles for control of a rebound with Michigan State center Goran Suton, top, and forward Drew Naymick last night in Michigan State's 65-54 victory.    (AP Photo/Bill Ross)

(Newser) – Drew Neitzel helped carry fifth-seeded Michigan State into the Sweet 16, keying the run that opened the game up for the Spartans, reports the Detroit News. Neitzel scored 21 points, including eight in a 2:10 seconds in the waning minutes, to lift Michigan State to a 65-54 win over Pittsburgh. The Spartans head to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in Tom Izzo's 13 years as coach.

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Neitzel's cohorts in the victory included freshman Kalin Lucas, who hit on a clinching drive late and had 19 points, and forward Goran Suton who scored 14 for the Spartans (27-8). Point guard Levance Fields scored 19 for Pittsburgh (27-10) and forward Sam Young had 15. Michigan State built a 38-28 to start the second half, but Pitt went on an 8-0 run to make it close down the stretch. (Read more NCAA stories.)

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