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No.5 Michigan State Spartans Top the Indiana Hoosiers, 73-56

January 4th, 2014 at 8:22 PM
By MacK Lester

On a road trip to Bloomington, Indiana, sophomore Gary Harris and the rest of the Michigan State Spartans powered through the Indiana Hoosiers for their second conference win of the season, winning 73-56.

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Harris led the way with a game high 26 points, and also notching four rebounds and five steals. He shot 8-18 for the day, and 5-10 from downtown.

"I swear he's not what he's going to be," Michigan State head coach Izzo said on Harris, who has been battling an ankle injury from earlier this season. "Gary was an assassin today," Indiana coach Tom Crean said as he was discussing how his team fell to a potential championship contender.

Guards Keith Appling and Branden Dawson followed suit, scoring 14 and 13 points respectively. Dawson was able to grab six boards, as did guard Denzel Valentine. Star forward Adreian Payne was limited to four points for the day, but did grab five boards and record two blocks.

The big game changer was capitalizing on Indiana’s greatest weakness; turnovers. MSU turned 13 Indiana turnovers into 20 points of their own. The Hoosiers are currently averaging more turnovers in the Big Ten than any other team with 16.4 per game.

The 13-1 Spartans will be hosting the Ohio State Buckeyes on Tuesday January 7th in East Lansing at the Breslin Center. The game will start at 9:00 pm Eastern Time and will air on ESPN. 

Tags: Adreian Payne, Branden Dawson, Gary Harris, Indiana Hoosiers, Keith Appling, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, MSU, NCAA, Ohio State buckeyes, Tom Crean

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