COL BKB: Louisville 57, Michigan State 44

March 23, 2012 at 12:41 AM   |   Comments

PHOENIX, March 23 (UPI) -- Chane Behanan had 15 points and led a stern Louisville defense Thursday that put the Cardinals in the NCAA Elite Eight with a 57-44 win over Michigan State.

The Spartans became the first No. 1 seed to exit the tournament, doing so in the semifinals of the West Region.

Louisville limited Michigan State to 28 percent shooting and just 14 field goals for the game. The Cardinals will meet Florida Saturday in the regional finals in a matchup of teams seeded fourth and seventh.

The Cardinals forced 15 turnovers and had nine steals, three of them coming from Behanan. He hit 6-of-10 from the floor, becoming one of only two players in the game to make at least half his shots.

Michigan State's starters went 12-of-40 from the field.

Louisville took control with a brief 8-2 run early in the second half that put the Cardinals in front by eight. Michigan State scored just three points over the final 3:30 of the contest.

Russ Smith added 11 points for the Cardinals (29-9). They lost their final two regular-season games, but have now won seven in a row -- four en route to the Big East Conference Tournament title and three more in the NCAA tourney.

Michigan State (28-10) got 14 points from Brandon Wood and 13 from Draymond Green.

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