Indiana 73, Michigan St. 51
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP)—D.J. White scored 21 points and the Indiana Hoosiers won their ninth straight Big Ten home opener with a 73-51 victory over Michigan State on Sunday.
Lance Stemler had 16 points and seven rebounds, and Earl Calloway added 11 points for the Hoosiers (10-4, 1-1 Big Ten), who evened their record in the conference after a Jan. 2 loss at No. 6 Ohio State.
Travis Walton finished with 12 points and Drew Neitzel scored 10 for Michigan State (13-4, 0-2), which has dropped its first two Big Ten games for the second year in a row.
The Hoosiers, who improved to 8-0 at Assembly Hall this season, jumped out to an early 12-4 lead following consecutive baskets by White less than five minutes into the first half.
Michigan State cut the deficit to 20-19 after a pair of free throws by Maurice Joseph with eight minutes left, but Indiana went on an 18-8 run to end the half, taking a 38-27 advantage into the break.
White led the Hoosiers with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field in the opening half. Despite shooting 61 percent, the Spartans couldn’t overcome 13 turnovers in falling behind by as many as 13 points.
Indiana took a 42-27 lead following baskets by Calloway and Stemler to begin the second half. But Michigan State responded by scoring the next eight points to get within 42-35.
The Hoosiers used a 10-2 run to open a 57-40 edge with 11 minutes left. White and Joey Shaw each had four points during the rally to put Indiana in control.