Zion Williamson did not have a great start to his fourth NCAA tournament game, and Duke lost Michigan State 68-67.
Sunday's game between Duke and Michigan State did not feature the best from Zion Williamson early on, but he did recover to put on a masterpiece of a second-half performance. However, it wasn't enough for his squad as the Spartans won the Elite Eight contest 68-67 to reach the Final Four.
The freshman sensation and projected No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA draft tallied just seven points in the game's first 20 minutes and had four turnovers as the Blue Devils went down 34-30. As a team, Duke had 10 turnovers before the break.
In addition to the turnovers, Williamson also had two fouls. These forced coach Mike Krzyzewski to put him on the bench for an extended period of time the first time since Duke's first-round game.
But even in a lackluster performance, Williamson still found a way to be ridiculously entertaining.
Besides this late turnover that stopped Duke from getting one last shot before the half.
Williamson did chip in six rebounds, four of which were offensive, and a steal and an assist.
In the second half, Williamson exploded and scored Duke's first 10 points to help get the offense on track after a poor finish to the first half.
After shooting 3-for 8 in the first half, he started the second half 5-for-7 with two threes. He also added two blocks.
Williamson closed the game strong as well with another block, some strong rebounds and a couple of key buckets, but he wasn't able to help Duke get the win.
Williamson finished the game with game-highs of 24 points on 10-for-19 shooting and 14 rebounds. He also added three blocks, three steals and two assists in the loss.