Spartans react to Final Four loss

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., (WILX) - The Michigan Sate basketball season came to a close at U.S. Bank Stadium Saturday night when MSU fell to Texas Tech 61 to 51 in the Final Four.

They ran into a buzz saw of a defense and a senior guard Matt Mooney who shot the lights out.

It was a tough loss for the Spartans, but they've got nothing to hand their heads about.

They cut down nets three times this season.

They're going to have a few banners going up next year,m but that doesn't take the pain away for Michigan State.

"I would say, you're always going to have disappointment, regrets, but you can't take it back at the end of the day. You just have to enjoy and cherish this time that you have with your guys," said forward Nick Ward.

"We couldn't tell you all that we were going to be here. We didn't think we'd be in this situation either. So we're happy, happy with the year we had. Just at the same time, we're hurt that it couldn't have went further. We could've done some more things, could've done some bigger things," said guard Cassius Winston.

Michigan State's loss might sting the most for the two seniors.

Matt McQuaid and Kenny Goins have played their final games as Spartans.

Their days wearing the green and white might be over, but the impact they had on Michigan State will last a lifetime.

"It meant everything. It was a dream come true, and I try to represent my family, my teammates, and all of Spartan nation the best I could. All dreams have to come to an end," said forward Kenny Goins.

"My teammates, we love each other. I've got a special relationship with each one and even the managers and coaches. I have just special relationships with everybody and everybody that's come through here. It's something I'll have for the rest of my life," said guard Matt McQuaid.

Michigan State was unable to get back to the title game for the first time since 2009.

Head coach Tom Izzo is still searching for that ever-elusive second national championship.