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No. 3 Michigan State Spartans Surge Past the Indiana Hoosiers, 71-66

January 21st, 2014 at 11:08 PM
By MacK Lester

For the second time this season the Michigan State men’s basketball team took on the Indiana Hoosiers. This time it was at home in the Breslin Center. It was a hard fought match from both sides, but Michigan State came out on top and remains unbeaten in conference play.

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The Hoosiers, itching for some revenge from the 73-56 loss they took from MSU from earlier this month, came out aggressive early in the game. They drew numerous fouls early, taking their game to the free-throw line and forcing Spartan head coach Tom Izzo to use his bench players more.

Hoosier Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell led his team in scoring with 19 points, and shot 9-10 from the line.

Michigan State came into the game handicapped again as their star forward, Senior Adreian Payne, sat his fourth straight game with an ankle injury.

Sophomore guard Gary Harris made up for Payne's absence as he surged throughout the game with clutch plays. He led the Spartans in scoring with a game-high 24 points. He also notched five steals in the game.

Forward Branden Dawson came up big on the glass again as he led the team with nine boards. He also contributed 13 points.

Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine each supported with 10 points apiece. Valentine also grabbed seven boards, two steals and three assists.

Keith Appling was held to eight points in the, but still was effectively distributing the ball as he notched six assists.

The 18-1 (7-0) Spartans have now won 11 straight and look to extend that to 12 on Saturday when they host in-state rival, the Michigan Wolverines. The game will start at 7:00 pm Eastern Time and will air live on ESPN. 

Tags: Adreian Payne, Branden Dawson, Denzel Valentine, Gary Harris, Indiana Hoosiers, Keith Appling, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines, MSU, NCAA, Tom Izzo

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