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9:18 pm
Sat April 3, 2010

Fouls doom Michigan State in loss to Butler

INDIANAPOLIS –

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.