Michigan State holds off Duke to reach Final Four as Auburn knocks off Kentucky

Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts in the locker room after his teams 68-67 loss to the Michigan State Spartans in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) 

Kenny Goins hit a three-pointer with 34.3 seconds remaining as Michigan State overcame a 24-point, 14-rebound performance by Zion Williamson to defeat top overall seed Duke, 68-67, in the East Regional Final Sunday evening in Washington, D.C.

R.J. Barrett, one of Duke's three phenomenal freshmen, had a chance to tie the game with 5.2 seconds to go, but made only one of two free throws after Goins' clutch shot put MSU up 68-66. Cassius Winston, Michigan State's star man with 20 points and 10 assists, was able to dribble out the clock after receiving the ensuing inbounds pass and send the Spartans to Minneapolis.

Michigan State will play Texas Tech in one national semifinal on Saturday, while Virginia will matchup with Auburn in the other semifinal.

The Spartans made their first Final Four since 2015 with the win, while Duke fell in the Elite Eight for the second year in a row. Spartans head coach Tom Izzo, who will take part in his eighth Final Four, beat Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski for just the second time in 13 meetings and the second time in seven NCAA Tournament games.

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