Michigan St. 66, Indiana 58
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP)—Raymar Morgan matched a career high with 18 points and Drew Neitzel scored 15 of his 17 points after halftime to help Michigan State rally for a 66-58 win over Indiana on Saturday night.
The Spartans (21-8, 8-6 Big Ten) trailed by as much as 12 in the first half and were behind 39-28 with 15-plus minutes left before coming back. Fourteen straight points gave Michigan State its first lead midway through the second half, and a 14-5 run gave it a double-digit cushion with 3 1/2 minutes left.
Freshman Armon Bassett led the Hoosiers (18-9, 8-6) with a career-high 25 points, but didn’t get much help. A.J. Ratliff was scoreless after his 10-point first half and D.J. White, held to two points in the first half, finished with nine.
Michigan State has won four straight—including a nine-point win Tuesday over No. 1 Wisconsin—to bolster its hopes for a 10th straight trip to the NCAA tournament.
Travis Walton had 13 points and six assists for the Spartans.
The Hoosiers have lost four of their past six heading into the last week of the regular season.
For the first 35 minutes of the game, it looked like Indiana was going to win at Michigan State for the first time since 1991.
The Spartans had so much trouble taking care of the basketball that they had more turnovers (13) than shot attempts (12) with just under five minutes left in the first half. Indiana scored 15 points off turnovers and led 30-20 at halftime.
Michigan State had two turnovers on its first two possessions after halftime for a total of 16, surpassing its average for a game. The Spartans finished with a season-high 23 turnovers.
But just when the Spartans cut down their turnovers, Indiana had a rough time in its half-court sets and paid for it with 10 of its 16 giveaways coming in the second half.