March 20, 2009
COL BKB: Michigan St. 77, Robert Morris 62
Kalin Lucas touched off a 21-point run that spanned halftime Friday and sent Michigan State roaring past Robert Morris 77-62 in the NCAA Tournament.
The Spartans, seeded second in the Midwest Region, will take on No. 10 seed USC in the second round Sunday.
Draymond Green's layup, off a feed from Lucas, gave the Spartans a 51-30 advantage with 15:29 to play.
Green and Raymar Morgan led Michigan (27-6) with 16 points each. Goran Suton contributed 17 rebounds.
The victories by Michigan and Wisconsin late Friday gave the Big Ten Conference a 4-2 mark in the first round of the tournament.
Robert Morris (24-11), which won the regular-season and conference tournament titles in the Northeast Conference and was seeded 15th, was led by 11 points from Jeremy Chappell.