USC Outplays Michigan State But Exits NCAA Tournament

March 21, 2005

AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Rene Haynes saved top-seeded Michigan State from anembarrassingly early exit from the NCAA tournament.

Haynes came out of a wild scramble with the ball and made a layup with 2.9seconds left, giving Michigan State a 61-59 victory over eighth-seeded SouthernCalifornia in a second-round game Monday night.

It was a scary game for the Spartans (30-3), who were outhustled andoutrebounded by their young, scrappy opponent. But they survived and will takea 14-game winning streak into the semifinals of the Kansas City Regional onSunday against the winner of Monday's late game between Kansas State andVanderbilt.

Lindsay Bowen led Michigan State with 19 points, including four huge3-pointers in the second half. Her final 3 gave the Spartans a 59-56 lead with37.3 seconds to play, but USC (20-11) tied it on freshman Brynn Cameron's long3 with 21.7 seconds remaining.

The Spartans then got the ball inside, the shot was blocked and players doveall over the floor trying to get the ball. Haynes, a 5-foot-10 sophomore,finally came up with it to the left of the lane, took a step and made thebasket.

Southern Cal wasn't able to get off a final shot and Michigan State movedon, despite going more than 5 minutes without scoring in the second half.

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