NCAA Game Summary - Michigan State at Indiana
(Saturday, January 4th)
Final Score: (5) Michigan State 73, Indiana 56
Bloomington, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Gary Harris posted a game-high 26 points
as No. 5 Michigan State had an easy time with Indiana, taking away a 73-56
victory at Assembly Hall.
"Once we see some shots go down early, it can be a long day for the other
team," said Harris, who poured in 17 in the first half alone. "I was dead
tired at the end of the game."
Keith Appling added 14 points and Branden Dawson contributed 13 with six
rebounds for the Spartans (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten), winners of six in a row heading
into a matchup with Ohio State on Tuesday in East Lansing.
Kevin Ferrell totaled 17 points and Will Sheehey 13 for the Hoosiers (10-5,
0-2), who have dropped their first two conference games of the season and lost
at home to MSU for the first time in nearly four years.
Already ahead by nine, Michigan State came out shooting in the second half.
Adreian Payne hit a jumper, Denzel Valentine hit a trey and the lead ballooned
to 40-25 after a layup from Dawson rolled in just before the three-minute
Sheehey hit a triple and the Hoosiers brought their deficit to single
digits for the final time at 50-41 with 8:54 to play, but Harris responded
with a three-pointer and 2-of-3 from the line after Indiana's Stanford
Robinson drew a technical foul and Michigan State opened up a 55-41 edge.
Indiana's defense began to wilt as it tried to press on offense, and when
Appling sliced through the paint for a lay-in with 4:53 to play, the visitors
held a 64-48 advantage.
MSU kept its foot on the gas down the stretch, and its margin eventually
increased to 19 on an Appling slam before keeping the Hoosiers at bay for the
"They just have too many guys right now, they have too many guys that
understand each other at a really high level," Indiana head coach Tom Crean
said of Michigan State. "They understand how to win and things that hurt us
today, especially in the first half, and we've got to grow out of this."
An early 10-0 burst fueled by Harris' eight straight points put MSU on top
15-9. Dawson's jumper extended the edge to 23-16 with 6:27 left before
Jeremy Hollowell's jumper inside of three minutes remaining capped an 8-2 run
and pulled Indiana within 25-24, but the Spartans closed out the half with
eight straight -- including back-to-back triples by Harris -- and led 33-24 at
Indiana leads the all-time series 67-49, and 44-13 on its home court, but
Michigan State has won seven of last 10 meetings ... The Spartans last won in
Bloomington on Feb. 16, 2010, a 72-58 result ... Robinson ended up with 11
points in defeat.
01/05 01:39:32 ET
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