BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — It wasn’t the start or the finish. This time, Michigan State basketball’s midsection proved the Spartans’ undoing. And maybe a little fatigue as well.
In a game loaded with runs, Indiana got the biggest and most timely — an 18-4 burst midway through the second half — to pull away from MSU to a chippy 82-69 victory Sunday at Assembly Hall.
It was the sixth game in 16 days for the Spartans (13-7, 5-4 Big Ten), one every third day since a Jan. 7 home win over Michigan. MSU gets one extra day off before hosting Iowa on Thursday at Breslin Center in East Lansing (7 p.m./FS1).
Joey Hauser led the Spartans with 22 points and grabbed six rebounds. Jaden Akins scored 15 points, A.J. Hoggard added 11, and Jaxon Kohler had nine points and six rebounds.
Trayce Jackson-Davis finished with 31 points and 15 rebounds for Indiana (13-6, 4-4), which shot 54.2% in the second half. Trey Galloway added 17 points and Tamar Bates had 17 points, including five 3-pointers.
Michigan State’s Joey Hauser (10) goes to the basket against Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, in Bloomington, Ind.
Hauser’s hot half
The first half had some drama and a plenty of back-and-forth basketball.
After back-to-back lethargic starts, the Spartans came out strong, with Hauser attacking early with a 3-pointer and a driving layup.
Mady Sissoko, who also scored in the first two minutes, then got into a dust-up near midcourt when Miller Kopp knocked him to the floor. Kopp picked up a flagrant foul that zapped the crowd buzz that built with Trey Galloway hitting two 3-pointers to briefly give the Hoosiers a lead a few seconds earlier. Sissoko made both free throws, then Hauser hit a floater for a four-point possession. Another driving Hauser layup forced IU coach Mike Woodson to burn a timeout to stop the Spartans’ 10-0 run.
MSU went up 21-14 on a Hoggard free throw, but he picked up his second foul less than a…
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Publish date : 2023-01-22 19:16:21
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