Big Game Wayne not enough as Cards fall in OT to Spartans
03/29/2015 05:40 PM
The Louisville Cardinals were ready to be fitted for the glass slipper but a missed free throw in the waning seconds of regulation and a lack of offense in overtime put an end to their final four dreams as Michigan State eeked out a 76-70 win in Syracuse.
Wayne Blackshear, playing his last game as a Cardinal, almost single-handedly willed his team to victory. He lead all scorers with 28 points. The Cards, who held an 8 point lead at intermission found themselves down 1 with 4.9 seconds left and forward Mangok Mathiang at the free throw line. Mangok willed in the first to tie the game but missed the second, setting the stage for overtime.
The Cards offense sputtered in the extra period as Michigan State turned up the defensive pressure. The Cards finished OT 1-7 from the field.
CN2 Sports talked with Mangok Mathiang following the game:
This was not the first meeting between Louisville and Michigan State in the tournament. Back in 2009 Michigan State stopped the one-seeded Cardinals in the Elite 8 and Louisville turned the tables in 2012 knocking out the one-seeded Spartans in the Sweet 16.