March 18, 2000
At ClevelandMichigan St. 73, Utah 61
Mateen Cleaves scored 21 points as top-seeded Michigan State rallied in the second half to beat Utah.
Michigan State will face Syracuse in the regional semifinals Thursday in Auburn Hills, Mich., about an 80-mile drive from the Spartans' East Lansing campus.
Cleaves, the senior point guard who turned down NBA millions for a chance to win an NCAA title, scored 13 points in the second half when Michigan State (28-7) overcame a six-point deficit and blitzed the Utes (23-9) with a 27-7 run.
Andre Hutson added 19 points for Michigan State, two victories away from getting back to a second straight Final Four. Hanno Mottola led Utah with 16 points.
Syracuse 52, Kentucky 50
Preston Shumpert's jumper with 37 seconds left was the difference for the fourth-seeded Orangemen (26-5).
Kentucky, which beat Syracuse in the 1996 title game, set up its offense after three late timeouts and a foul that stopped the clock with 5.9 seconds left.
With the Orangemen bunched inside in a tight zone, Keith Bogans drove the lane and tossed up an off-balance 10-footer that came up short. Tayshaun Prince missed on a tip as the horn sounded.
Shumpert finished with 12 points. Etan Thomas had nine points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots before fouling out with 3:46 left. Bogans and Jamaal Magloire each had 12 points for Kentucky (23-10).
At MinneapolisIowa St. 79, Auburn 60
All-American forward Marcus Fizer scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and had 12 rebounds for second-seeded Iowa State.
Stevie Johnson added 21 points for the Cyclones (31-5), who won the school's first regular-season conference title in 55 years and set a school record for victories after being picked to finish last in the Big 12. Marquis Daniels led Auburn (24-10) with 12 points.
UCLA 105, Maryland 70
UCLA, which barely made the tournament field after a 19-11 regular season, won its eighth straight game.
Earl Watson had 17 points and a school-record 16 assists as the sixth-seeded Bruins connected on six fearsome alley-oops and a school-record 14 3-pointers. Lonnie Baxter had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the third-seeded Terrapins.