EAST LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – An early lead by Michigan State in the first half didn’t last as Indiana came roaring back to take the win in Bloomington, 82-69. MSU is now just 13-7 overall and only 5-4 in the Big Ten.
Joey Hauser had 22 points on 50 percent shooting with six rebounds to lead the team as nine points came on free throws. Jaden Akins added 15 points while A.J. Hoggard had 11 points. Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis led the game for Indiana with 31 points and 15 rebounds. Both teams shot in the 40 percent range with the difference coming down to free throws. MSU went just 19-of-28 (67 percent) while Indiana made 21-of-24 from 87 percent. Indiana also shot 60 percent (9-of-15) from three-point range.
MSU jumped out to a 17-8 lead in the first six minutes of the game taking command but over the next three minutes neither team could hit a shot. Indiana cut the lead to five, 17-12, at 11:09 on a Jackson-Davis shot but Akins put the lead back at eight, 20-12, almost a minute later. At the 7:43 mark, Tyson Walker hit a jumper for a nine-point lead, 25-16. In just two and half minutes, Indiana had a 10-0 run for a one-point lead, 26-25. After Kohler retook the lead for MSU, 29-26, with 4:01 left in the half, Indiana answered with another run going on an 11-0 run in three minutes for a 37-29 lead at 1:05. Hauser then made three free throws in the final minute to trim the halftime lead down to five, 37-32.
The second half started off with a 12-5 run in favor of MSU for a two-point lead, 44-42, as Akins finished it on a dunk at 15:52. The lead was exchanged twice over the next minute and then Indiana had an eight-point lead, 59-51, at the 10:41 mark. With 5:17 left to play, Indiana moved their lead to 15 points, 72-57 taking control of the game. MSU never had the lead under 12 points the rest of the way.
MSU will host Iowa on January 26 at 7 p.m. in the Breslin Center.