Michigan State Returns to Final Four

Tennessee heads home after Spartans pull out another squeaker, 70-69
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 28, 2010 3:50 PM CDT
Michigan State Returns to Final Four
Michigan State players celebrate after their 70-69 win over Tennessee in the Midwest Regional final Sunday, March 28, 2010, in St. Louis.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

(Newser) – Raymar Morgan made a free throw with 1.8 seconds left today in St. Louis, giving fifth-seeded Michigan State a 70-69 victory over sixth-seeded Tennessee and a spot in its second straight Final Four. The Vols' Scotty Hopson tied the game with a free throw with 11.2 seconds left, but he missed the second attempt following a timeout. Korie Lucious gathered in the loose ball and passed ahead to Draymond Green, and he found Morgan open underneath the basket.

Tennessee couldn't do anything but foul him, and the 67% free-throw shooter made the first of two before bricking the second on purpose. The Spartans will play fellow No. 5 seed Butler next weekend in Indianapolis. The remaining spot in the Final Four, opposite Butler, will go to Duke, the sole remaining top seed in the tournament, or Baylor. (Read more NCAA men's basketball tournament stories.)

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