COLUMBUS, Ohio (WWJ/AP) – Showing why they are a top seed the Michigan State Spartans easily defeat Long Island University – Brooklyn 89-67 on Friday night during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.
MSU’s Draymond Green scored a game high 24 points, had 12 rebounds and 10 assists for a triple double helping the Spartans advance in the West Regional.
Derrick Nix added 18 points and top-seeded Michigan State fought off the upset bug that took down two No. 2 seeds in the NCAA tournament.
The Spartans (28-7) finally put away the pesky No. 16 Blackbirds (25-9) with a 14-4 run midway through the second half.
Michigan State will play Saint Louis in the third round Sunday.
Green, the Big Ten’s player of the year also provided some encouraging – and a few choice – words for his teammates in the second half when LIU was giving the Spartans all they could handle.
Jamal Olasewere scored 17 for LIU.
(TM and © Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)