- Michigan State University survived a late-game shooting barrage to defeat Bucknell 82-78 Friday at Little Caesars Arena. Zach Thomas scored 27 points for Bucknell before fouling out on a technical with 6:06 remaining.
What a season it's been for Michigan State.
Michigan State's defense also held Bucknell without a field goal for more than 11 minutes early in the second half after giving up 40 first-half points.
Ward is coming off one of his worst games of the season in the Spartans' Big Ten tournament semifinal loss to MI, playing just 10 minutes and finishing with six points and two rebounds.
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The Spartans, though, did have to make enough free throws in the final seconds to hold off a charge from the 3-point making Bison.
Michigan State advances to Sunday's 2nd round in Detroit and will the TCS/Syracuse victor at a time to be determined. He was 8 of 14 in the second half with a pair of 3-pointers and a rim-rattling offensive rebound slam dunk that brought the Spartans-heavy crowd to its feet.
The Bison are the Patriot League champs, both regular season and conference tournament, and Michigan State will have its hands full despite playing on its home turf, essentially.
Michigan State (29-4) is the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region. Game time has yet to be determined.