AUBURN HILLS (97.1 The Ticket/AP) – Gary Harris scored a career high 23 points helping the Michigan State Spartans to advance to the round of 16 after beating the Memphis Tigers 70-48 on Saturday during third round play of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Michigan State (27-8) will play the winner of the Duke-Creighton game on Friday in the Midwest Regional semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The Tigers (31-5) advanced in the NCAA tournament for the first time in Josh Pastner’s four seasons. The Conference USA champions were eliminated in the third round because they struggled to stop Harris on the outside or his teammates inside all afternoon.
The Spartans’ top post players – Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix – combined for 27 points and 18 rebounds.
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