Michigan State basketball advances to Sweet 16 with 69-60 win over Marquette

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tom Izzo and Michigan State basketball are headed back to the Sweet 16.

Thanks to a great team effort by the Spartans and a brutal 12-minute display in an all-out fistfight with Marquette.

Tyson Walker took over.

A.J. Hogarth pushes the wrong issue in setting things up.

Joey Houser had a crucial 3-pointer on a day where no outside shots fell.

Maddy Sissoko blocked a pair of shots and Malik Hall hauled in rebounds.

Walker scored 15 of his 23 points in the final to outlast seventh-seeded MSU 69-60 on Sunday night at Nationwide Arena.

Michigan State guard Tyson Walker (2) reacts after a basket during the first half of their NCAA men's tournament second-round game against Marquette at Nationwide Arena.

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That sends the Spartans (21-12) to the Sweet 16, which begins Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York. MSU is coming off a 75-69 win over No. 6 Kentucky on Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina. Game time and TV network will be announced later Sunday night.

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