On a freaky Friday of NCAA tournament upsets, Michigan State wasn't going down.
Draymond Green wouldn't stand for it.
Green scored 24 points in his second career tournament triple-double, Derrick Nix added 18 points and top-seeded Michigan State fought off the upset bug that took down two No. 2 seeds in the NCAA tourney, advancing in the West Regional with an 89-67 win over LIU Brooklyn on Friday night.
The Spartans (28-7) finally put away the pesky No. 16 Blackbirds (25-9) with a 14-4 run midway through the second half. Michigan State outscored LIU 47-30 after halftime.
Michigan State will play Saint Louis in the third round Sunday.
Green added 12 rebounds and 10 assists, becoming the first player to have two triple-doubles in the tournament since MSU legend Magic Johnson. The Big Ten's player of the year didn't have a turnover in 35 minutes and also provided some encouraging - and a few choice - words for his teammates in the second half when LIU was giving the Spartans all t...