WASHINGTON — It took Michigan State basketball less than two minutes to make its presence known to LSU.
Aaron Henry. Boom. Boom.
Cassius Winston. Boom.
It took another two-minute stretch to put away the Tigers.
Gabe Brown. Winston. Henry. Kenny Goins.
Boom. Boom. Boom. Boom.
The Spartans are heading back to the Elite Eight.
Henry and Brown combined to drain shot after shot, shredding LSU’s defense and any scouting report it had on the two freshmen. Winston and Matt McQuaid made key plays down the stretch as the Tigers tried to make one final push, but No. 2 seed MSU advanced to Sunday with a 80-63 victory over No. 3 seed LSU on Friday.
The Spartans (31-6) get the winner of Friday night’s late game between No. 1 seed Duke and No. 4 seed Virginia Tech on Sunday at Capital One Arena on CBS at a time to be determined.
Henry scored a career-high 20 points on 9 of 14 shooting, adding eight rebounds and six assists. Brown also had a career game with 15 points, including four three-pointers.
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Winston scored 17 points with eight assists, and Xavier Tillman added 12 points and eight rebounds.
The victory gives Michigan State ecoach Tom Izzo his 10th Elite Eight appearance and a chance for an eighth Final Four berth.
Tremont Waters scored 23 points to lead the Tigers (28-7), who cut MSU’s 17-point lead to four midway through the second half and the Spartans’ 18-point second-half lead to nine with 3:06 to play.