DETROIT (WSYR-TV) - The Syracuse University men’s basketball team is headed to the Sweet Sixteen after pulling off their most improbable upset yet in the NCAA Tournament.
The No. 11 seed Orange defeated No. 3 seed Michigan State 55-53, and will now play No. 2 seed Duke in the Sweet 16 in Omaha, Neb. on Friday.
Michigan State dominated on the boards during game, outrebounding SU 44-24.
While the Orange had gone 0-7 when they were outrebounded during the regular season, the Spartans struggled mightily shooting from the field, making just 17 of their 67 attempts.
SU needed to overcome another massive hurtle when Frank Howard fouled out with about six minutes left in the game.
Without Howard, Tyus Battle stepped up.
Michigan State largely contained Battle in the first half, but he turned it on in the second, scoring 14 of his team high 17 points.
Oshae Brissett had 15 points, while Howard scored 13.
Cassius Winston led Michigan State with 15 points, while Miles Bridges had 11 and Nick Ward scored 10.