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Michigan State Beats Virginia 61-59

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Keith Appling and Travis Trice of the Michigan State Spartans fight for the loose ball against Mike Tobey of the Virginia Cavaliers. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Keith Appling and Travis Trice of the Michigan State Spartans fight for the loose ball against Mike Tobey of the Virginia Cavaliers. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Branden Dawson had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Michigan State beat top-seeded Virginia 61-59 on Friday night to advance to East Regional final.

The fourth-seeded Spartans (29-8) will play Connecticut (29-8) on Sunday with a Final Four berth at stake. The seventh-seeded Huskies beat third-seeded Iowa State 81-76 on Friday.

Michigan State overcame a horrible start to the second half and then withstood a late run by the Cavaliers (30-7) to advance to the regional finals for the eighth time since 1985 — all under coach Tom Izzo.

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.

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