INDIANAPOLIS - Despite a game-high 20 points from junior Sherron Collins and sophomore Cole Aldrich's third straight double-double, the No. 3-seeded Kansas men's basketball team was defeated by Michigan State, 67-62, in the final seconds of the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 here Friday night.
KU ends its season 27-8 overall. MSU improved to 29-6 and will advance to the Elite 8 on Sunday.
Aldrich recorded his 21st double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman Tyshawn Taylor added eight points for the Jayhawks.
With 6:17 remaining in the contest, Michigan State took a two-point lead at 53-51, its biggest lead of the game up until that point. Thirty seconds later Aldrich hit a jumper in the paint to knot the score and KU sophomore Tyrel Reed used one of his timely three-pointers to put KU up 56-53 with just under five minutes left to play. Collins added a layup to give the Jayhawks a five-point cushion.