ST. LOUIS -- Quick thoughts from Michigan State 59, Northern Iowa 52.
Tom Izzo does it again. Finds a way without leading scorer Kalin Lucas. Crashes another regional final. Amazing.
And with that, the Panthers' run is done. But they gave everyone quite a few thrills along the way. Northern Iowa last scored a basket sometime around February, it felt like. They couldn't find enough ways to score in the last half of the last half to pull off another victory.
Durrell Summers to the rescue for Michigan State. He scored 19 points, after hanging 26 on Maryland. He's scored 59 points in three tourney games, after scoring 63 in the previous eight games.
Ali Farokhmanesh, Mr. Big Shot of March, came up largely empty tonight. He was just 1-of-6 from 3-point range.
Most surprising of all for Northern Iowa was its 14-of-21 free-throw shooting, including two key misses by Adam Koch while down two with 2:05 to play.