>> March Madness - Michigan State vs Virginia Final: 61-59 - Recap
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Branden Dawson scored 24 points and chipped in with 10 rebounds for Michigan State on Friday, leading them to a 61-59 victory over Virginia at Madison Square Garden.
Michigan State won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 2.5-point spread.
Michigan State got 16 points from Adreian Payne and another 6 points from Gary Harris. Denzel Valentine contributed 3 assists, while Branden Dawson cleaned the glass with 10 rebounds.
Virginia got a 17-point performance from Malcolm Brogdon, who was supported by 17 points from Joe Harris. London Perrantes had 4 assists in a losing cause for Virginia, while Akil Mitchell grabbed 6 rebounds.
First-half bettors who backed Michigan State were victorious, as the score was 31-27 at the break.
The rebound battle favored Virginia as they grabbed 35 boards, while Michigan State only had 32.