Spokane, WA (Sports Network) - Korie Lucious hit a three-pointer from the top of the arc just before the buzzer sounded to give Michigan State an 85-83 win over Maryland in the second round of the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament.
Lucious' layup with 2:09 remaining appeared to give Michigan State (26-8) a comfortable 80-71 lead before Maryland (24-9) came back with a vengeance. Greivis Vasquez got the Terrapins going with a three-point play and steal that led to a layup by Sean Mosley to make it an 80-76 game with 1:48 left.
MSU was unable to handle Maryland's trapping defense and Vasquez drained a corner three to cut the deficit to one. Following a Delvon Roe turnover, Vasquez again stepped up and hit a short jumper to put the Terps ahead 81-80 with 39 seconds to play, but Draymond Green answered with a bucket to put the Spartans back in front with 22 seconds left.
Vasquez again gave his squad the lead after hitting another short jumper with 6.6 seconds left before the exciting finish. MSU went the length of the floor and got the ball to Lucious on the right side. After one dribble he squared up from the top of the arc and nailed the game-winner.
The Spartans will now face No. 9 seed Northern Iowa in the regional semifinals in St. Louis on Friday.