Michigan State's Draymond Green (23) drives past Saint Louis' Brian Conklin (14) during the first half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament third-round game in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, March 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) By Tony Dejak
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Draymond Green scored 16 points with 13 rebounds and set up Keith Appling's late 3-pointer, giving top-seeded Michigan State a 65-61 win over Saint Louis on Sunday and sending the Spartans to the round of 16 in the West Regional of the NCAA tournament.
Michigan State will play No. 4 seed Louisville on Thursday in Phoenix.
Appling added 19 points for the Spartans (29-7), who had to scrap their way past the ninth-seeded Billikens (26-8). Saint Louis controlled the tempo but never got a complete handle on Green, Michigan State's superb senior. He added six assists and even helped mop up sweat off the floor in the final minute.
Kwamain Mitchell scored 13 and Brian Conklin 11 for Saint Louis, back in the tournament for the first time since 2000.