March 13, 2009

Mich. State advances at Big Ten Tournament

Michigan State's bench scored 25 first half points Friday on the way to a 64-56 Big Ten tournament quarterfinal win over Minnesota at Indianapolis.

The 16th-ranked Spartans (26-5), the tournament's top seed after winning the regular season crown, held a 33-30 lead at the break.

Michigan State used an 8-0 run to forge a 51-41 advantage after Kalin Lucas sank two free throws with 7:05 remaining.

Overall, reserves Chris Allen and Marquise Gray scored 17 and 11 points, respectively.

Lucas, the conference's player of the year, scored 12 points with three assists and three steals, and Goran Suton added nine points and 10 rebounds in the Spartans' ninth victory in their last 10 outings.

Damian Johnson led Minnesota with 19 points and four rebounds.

Devron Bostick had 12 points with three rebounds, but Lawrence Westbrook was held to 10 points for the Golden Gophers (22-10), who lost for the seventh time in their last 11 games, and might not get an NCAA Tournament bid.