WASHINGTON (WILX) - The march to Minneapolis continues for the Michigan State Spartans as they took down LSU, 80-63.
The Spartans got a good performance out of two freshmen -- Gabe Brown and Aaron Henry -- both setting career highs in the win over the Tigers.
"It's kind of surreal right now," Brown said. "All that hard work, all the shots I take in practice, all the shots I take in some of the games I played in ... it was a great feeling."
"It was a huge game, but when the emotions die down this is basketball -- that's all you can control," said Henry. "It's the same passes you've been making all year, same shots you shoot, same rebounds you get."
Spartan guard Cassius Winston, who finished the game with 17 points and 8 assists, said Friday night's win was an opportunity to do something special for the program.
"Michigan State is kind of expected to be in this situation a lot, so to finally get back to that point, to have a chance to do some special things, that's amazing," Winston said.
"If you're a coach, there's no greater time to play when there's only going to be so many teams left," said head coach Tom Izzo, who will make his 10th Elite 8 appearance with the Spartans on Sunday. "That's what I live for, that's what I dream of."
Per the broadcast team, Aaron Henry is the first player to have 20+ points, 8+ rebounds and 6+ assists since Grant Hill did it in 1994.
Michigan State will take on No. 1 seed Duke on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four.