NEW YORK -- UVA’s NCAA Tournament run ended Friday night to Michigan State as the Spartans muscled their way to a 61-59 victory in New York City.
Michigan State (29-8) advances to take on Connecticut at 2:20 p.m. Sunday. Branden Dawson led the way for the fourth-seeded Spartans with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
This was top-seeded Virginia’s first appearance in the Sweet 16 since 1995. The ACC champion Wahoos end their season at 30-7. The 30 wins tied a school record.
Michigan State overcame a horrible start to the second half and then withstood a late run by the Cavaliers to advance to the regional finals for the eighth time since 1985 — all under coach Tom Izzo. Michigan State led at halftime 31-27.
Joe Harris and Malcolm Brogden both had 17 points for Virginia, which became the second No. 1 seed to be eliminated, joining Wichita State.
These were the first NCAA tournament games played at Madison Square Garden since 1961.
UVA tied the game with 1:42 left on a 3-pointer by Justin Anderson. But on the Spartans’ next possession Adreian Payne drilled a 3-pointer of his own with 1:25 left. After a Gary Harris lay-in, Joe Harris hit a 3-pointer to cut MSU’s lead to 56-54 under a minute left. UVA got within one point after a Malcolm Brogdon 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left. A desperation heave by UVA at the buzzer fell well short.
The Wahoos were looking to advance to their first Elite Eight since 1995.
Connecticut advanced to the Elite 8 with an 81-76 win over Iowa State.