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Indiana University (#1) beat Michigan State University (#4) on Tuesday with a score of 72-68, ending IU’s 17-game and 22-year losing streak against the Spartans on their home court.
With just minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the teams exchanged the lead a couple times. Finally, with less than a minute to go in the game, Victor Oladipo scored to put the Hoosiers ahead. They would hold onto the lead until the clock expired.
In a game that marked the first time two teams in the top five have played against each other at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, IU struggled in some areas, despite being able to pull off the win. Out of 61 field goal attempts, the Hoosiers were only able to claim 21, and the normally strong three-point shooting team was only able to make eight out of their 18 attempts. Four of these were earned by Jordan Hulls who did not gain his first points within the game until the end of the first half.
IU ended the game with a 44.3 percent field goal average, compared to Michigan State’s 42.9 percent. Both teams struggled in free throw shooting. The Spartans made 16-23 while the Hoosiers made 10-15.
Among the hype of the game, two of Indiana’s players reached career goals. Both Cody Zeller and Oladipo earned their 1,000 scored point during their time at IU. Zeller’s milestone came during the first half of the game, while Oladipo would gain his within the final minutes of the game.
Both played impressive offense, earning their team 36 points in total. Oladipo, who recently came back from receiving a sprained ankle in the Hoosier’s previous game against Purdue, scored 19 points. Zeller ended the game with 17 points.
The victory changes Indiana’s record to 24-3 in conference and 12-2 in the Big Ten. Michigan States record now reads 22-5 and 11-3, respectively. Four more games are left in the season until the Big Ten Tournament. Holding onto their No. 1 rank, Indiana once again travels on the road to take on the University of Minnesota on Feb. 26.
Michigan State won the tip off at Breslin Center to start the game against IU.
Both sides of the court started off the game at a fast pace. Indiana was the first to put numbers on the scoreboard, but Michigan State quickly responded, keeping a tight score between both teams for the rest of the first half.
IU soon gained a lead over the Spartans and was able to hold this lead for the rest of the half. However, Michigan State would keep the score close, not letting the Hoosiers lead by more than eight points.
Moving into the second half, the Hoosiers entered onto the court leading the Spartans with a score of 36-30. This six point lead would soon disappear as Michigan State began their push to gain the lead over Indiana. They gained that lead with just 15 minutes left in the game, their first since the beginning of the game.
Both teams continued to battle against each other as the clock ran down. Then, with less than a minute left in the game, the Hoosiers regained the lead and held on to it for the remainder of the game.