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9:18 pm
Sat April 3, 2010

Fouls doom Michigan State in loss to Butler


Fouls finally did to Michigan State what all those injuries couldn't.

Bogged down by foul trouble all night, the Spartans couldn't find a rhythm in a 52-50 loss to Butler on Saturday in the Final Four.

Butler outscored Michigan State 17-10 at the free throw line to advance to the national championship game on Monday might.

Raymar Morgan, Michigan State's second-leading scorer, played just 23 minutes and finished with four points and four fouls.

The calls hindered the Spartans and negated their typically aggressive style. After getting whistled for a foul in the second half, guard Korie Lucious simply raised his arms in frustration.

Morgan committed his fourth with 12:38 to play and Delvon Roe did the same with 2:23 remaining. Draymond Green fouled out with 6.1 seconds left.