National Basketball Association
Michigan St 65, Saint Louis 61
When: 2:45 PM ET, Sunday, March 18, 2012
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Officials: # Doug Shows, # Verne Harris, # Mark Nance
Attendance: 17425

Michigan State 65, Saint Louis 61: Draymond Green scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half, taking over down the stretch to help top-seeded Michigan State hold off stubborn Saint Louis in NCAA tournament third-round action in Columbus, Ohio.

The Spartans (29-7) will face No. 4-seeded Louisville in a West Regional semifinal Thursday in Phoenix.

Down by as many as 11 points with 11:42 remaining, the ninth-seeded Billikens (26-8) fought back to cut the deficit to two, 53-51, on a Kwamain Mitchell layup at the 3:19 mark. Green, however, responded with a jumper late in the shot clock on Michigan State's next trip and then fed Keith Appling for a back-breaking 3-pointer, stretching the Spartans' lead back to seven with 1:34 on the clock.

Saint Louis got within three one last time on a 3-pointer by Mike McCall with 8.5 seconds left, but Michigan State was able to ice it with an Austin Thornton free throw.

Green, who posted a triple-double in Friday's second-round win over LIU-Brooklyn, finished with 12 rebounds and six assists Sunday. Appling added 15 points for the Spartans. Mitchell and Brian Conklin paced the Billikens with 11 points apiece.

Saint Louis was held to 35 percent shooting (18 for 51) from the field and hit just 7 of 25 3-point attempts ... The Billikens fell despite committing only six turnovers ... Michigan State evened its all-time series with Saint Louis at 1-1, avenging a loss in the semifinals of the 1989 NIT ... The Spartans became the third Big Ten team to advance to the Sweet 16, joining Ohio State and Indiana.
Top Game Performances
Saint Louis   Michigan St
Kwamain Mitchell 13 Scoring Keith Appling 19
Kwamain Mitchell 3 Assists Draymond Green 6
Dwayne Evans 6 Rebounds Draymond Green 13
Brian Conklin 5 Free Throws Made Keith Appling 4
Jordair Jett 3 Steals Draymond Green 2
Brian Conklin 1 Blocks Adreian Payne 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Saint Louis 61 35.3 7-25 18-23 9 25 1 5 6
Michigan St 65 54.3 4-10 11-17 12 29 1 2 11