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Gonzaga controls itself, Indiana St.

Gonzaga was trailing Indiana State by three in the second half Sunday when Dan Dickau pulled up for a quick three-pointer that banged off the rim.

Mark Few, Gonzaga's coach, had seen enough.

He immediately called timeout and yelled two words at his players: "Settle down!" All the fans in the Pyramid heard it _ and so did the Bulldogs.

Casey Calvary scored 24 and Dickau 20, making all 12 of his free throws, as No. 12 seed Gonzaga beat No. 13 Indiana State 85-68 at the South Region to advance to a third straight region semifinal.

The Bulldogs play No. 1 seed Michigan State in Atlanta on Friday.

Gonzaga had some trouble early against the Sycamores, whose first-round defeat of Oklahoma was its first tournament win since Larry Bird led the team to the 1979 championship game.

After Marcus Howard's three-pointer put Indiana State up 51-48 and Dickau missed his three-pointer with 11:32 to go, Few called his players over and gave them a stern lecture.

"Every once and a while, we have to tame these wild dogs. They run a little too fast," Few said. "At that time, we were beginning to take control of the game. We had some advantages that we needed to at least explore a little bit before we take too quick shots."

Dickau agreed it was a good move to stop play.

"That was a questionable shot. I deserved him to tell me to settle down," Dickau said. "As far as the rest of the game goes, we started to go to Casey more, which is what we needed to do."

Afterward, Calvary and freshman Kyle Bankhead each made three-pointers and Dickau made a smooth spinning move down the lane to put the Bulldogs ahead 56-51 with 9:17 remaining.

A barrage of three-pointers from both sides followed, with Indiana State's Michael Menser making two sandwiched around one by Calvary.

Matt Renn's three-pointer for the Sycamores tied it at 60, but Dickau followed with a pull-up jumper and two free throws to put Gonzaga ahead 64-60 with 7:23 left.

MICHIGAN ST. 81, FRESNO ST. 65: There wasn't much the Spartans didn't do well, and that's why the defending national champion is in the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year.

The No. 1 seed Spartans had eight players score six or more in a victory over No. 9 seed Fresno State as they advanced to region semifinals.

"There's no doubt in my mind that they are a great team," Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian said. "They execute well, they defend well, they rebound well, they're deep. They're everything I thought they were."

The four straight appearances in the Sweet 16 ties Duke, the top seed in the East, for longest current streak.

"I don't talk great about my team all the time but these guys laid it on the line today and I have nothing but admiration for my team today," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.

"I know how good a team we played, bag the seed. We're not finished yet, but for one night I'm going to soak this in. Everything we went over in the game plan and film session they did. Our play execution was the best it's been. I think every guy was focused and that's what we want."

The Spartans held the Bulldogs 17 points below their season average and, as expected, dominated the rebounding. Michigan State, which led the nation for the second straight year in rebound margin at plus-15.5, outrebounded the Bulldogs 48-32. Fresno State was last in the Western Athletic Conference at plus-1.6.

"They just pounded us on the boards but they pounded everybody all year," Tarkanian said. "That's nothing new."

Charlie Bell and Aloysius Anagonye scored 13 to lead the Spartans, who are looking for their third straight Final Four appearance.

Bell said he knew what to expect as far as the defense went.

"That's what this team does, everybody has everybody's back," Bell said. "When they penetrated or got it down low, the guards did a great job and the big guys did a great job of helping. It was a great team defensive effort, something we've been doing all season long."

Melvin Ely, the WAC player of the year, led the Bulldogs with 17 points, but they came in 27 minutes as he fought foul trouble.


Three teams have made it to the Sweet 16 the past three seasons:

DUKE: Lost 77-74 to Connecticut in the final in 1999; lost 87-78 in the third round to Florida last season.

MICHIGAN ST.: Lost 68-62 to Duke in the Final Four in 1999; beat Florida 89-76 for the NCAA title last season.

GONZAGA: Lost 67-62 to Connecticut in the fourth round in 1999; lost 75-66 to Purdue in the third round last season.