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Michigan State cools off the Owls advances to Round of 32 - South Region

12:30 PM ET, March 20, 2008, Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
The number 5 seeded team in the South Michigan State advanced to the Round of 32 after defeating the number 12 seeded Temple Owls 72-61 in there Round of 64 match up. Michigan State got the balanced scoring versus Temple that it needs to advance far into March Madness. Michigan State's hopes of winning the Big Ten Tournament came to an end because of the lack of scoring support around Senior Guard Drew Neitzal and major foul trouble.

In the game against Temple Neitzal went cold scoring only 5 points on 2-11 shooting however sophmore forward Raymar Morgan picked up the slack scoring 15 points in the win. Freshman guard Chris Allen added 12 and senior center Drew Naymick scored 10 for a more ballanced scoring attack.

The Temple Owls were a hot team before the NCAA Tournament winning seven straight games from the regular season into there Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Title. Guard Dionte Christmas averaged 20.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg during the regular season however was held to 3 points on 1-12 shooting in the loss. The Owls other guard senior Mark Tyndale scored 16 points and added 7 rebounds to lead Temple in the loss.

# 5 Michigan State (25-8) moves on to face the winner of #4 Pittsburgh (26-9) or # 13 Oral Roberts (24-8) in the Round of 32 on Saturday.

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