Korie Lucious and Durrell Summers spearheaded a dominate performance by the Michigan State bench to lead the Spartans to the national title game with a 82-73 victory over UConn.
Lucious scored 11 points in the first half and Summers scored all 10 of his points during the second half, including a thunderous dunk over UConn’s Stanley Robinson.
Michigan State took advantage of poor transition defense by UConn to break the game open midway through the second half.
UConn rallied late in the game, but looked tired down the stretch. Hasheem Thabeet looked absolutely winded before leaving the game with under two minutes remaining.
A.J. Price had a great career at UConn, but played a horribly against MSU. He scored 15 points on 5-20 shooting and finished with just one assist.
Price forced a number of tough shots and over-penetrated throughout the game.
Freshman Kemba Walker also struggled, finishing with five points and four turnovers in 20 minutes. He shot just 3-9 from the charity stripe.
Raymar Morgan scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for MSU, picking up the slack from Goran Suton, who had a quiet game.
Michigan State’s depth was the difference in the game. 10 of 11 Spartans who played in the game scored, and MSU held an impressive 33-7 edge in bench scoring.