Michigan St. 84, Indiana 72
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP)—Paul Davis scored a career-high 32 points and Michigan State made a second-half surge in an 84-72 win over Indiana on Saturday night.
The Spartans (10-8, 5-2 Big Ten) trailed by eight a couple minutes before halftime before closing the half with seven straight points. After the game was tied at 39 early in the second half, the Spartans put the game away with a 25-7 run.
Michigan State moved into a second-place tie in the Big Ten with the Hoosiers, a half-game behind idle Wisconsin. The Spartans have won five of six Big Ten games since dropping their conference opener at Wisconsin.
Indiana (11-7, 5-2) had won five straight—including three on the road— for its longest Big Ten winning streak in six years. With a chance to take sole possession of the conference lead, the Hoosiers lost their 11th straight game at Michigan State.
The Spartans are 41-2 at home against Big Ten teams since the 1998-99 season.
Bracey Wright led the Hoosiers with 29 points, and Marshall Strickland scored 14. Wright made 6 of 13 3-pointers, several from well beyond the line. Indiana had won 11 straight when scoring at least 70.
A couple minutes into the second half, Kelvin Torbert made a 3-pointer to put Michigan State ahead for the first time since it led 10-9.
Davis scored 15 points in the first half. He surpassed his previous career high of 24—set in a loss to Kentucky this season—with 12 minutes left in game.
The sophomore center made 11 of 16 shots, almost exclusively close to the basket, and 10 of 12 at the free throw line.
Michigan State’s Chris Hill scored 11. Torbert and Alan Anderson each scored 10.
The Spartans made 59.6 percent of their shots, and held Indiana to 42.1 percent.
Michigan State made seven of its first nine shots, but trailed 24-17 because the Hoosiers missed just two of their first 11 attempts and three of them were on Wright’s 3-pointers.
Indiana led by eight with 2:23 left in the first half, but led just 35-34 at halftime.
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