At the Buzzer: Indiana 82, Michigan State 69
Quick thoughts on an 82-69 win against Michigan State:
How it happened
Michigan State came out firing on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall. Joey Hauser had the hot hand early, scoring 11 of the first 17 points for the Spartans. By the 14:06 mark, Michigan State’s lead was 17-8. Indiana’s inability to finish plays at the rim didn’t help matters. The Hoosiers were 1-for-8 on 2s to begin the game. But the Hoosiers found their footing defensively and by the 5:06 mark, Indiana had its first lead at 26-25 on a pair of Tamar Bates free throws. After a Bates 3-pointer tied the game at 29, Indiana ripped off eight straight points to claim a 37-29 advantage. The Spartans answered with the final three points of the half and the Hoosiers settled for a 37-32 lead at the break. Trayce Jackson-Davis led the Hoosiers with 13 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots in 19 minutes.
The Spartans regained the lead at 44-42 on a Jaden Akins breakaway dunk, but Indiana answered immediately with a Trey Galloway triple to retake the lead at 45-44 with 15:29 to play. After the Spartans regained the lead at 51-49 on an Akins 3-pointer, Indiana ripped off eight straight points to claim a 57-51 lead at the under-12 media timeout. Jackson-Davis split a pair of free throws to give the Hoosiers a nine-point lead at 62-53 with 9:15 remaining. By the under-eight media timeout, the Hoosiers led 62-55. Indiana’s lead ballooned to 67-55 on the fifth Bates 3-pointer of the game with 6:23 to play. The Spartans never got the lead into single digits the rest of the way. The win, Indiana’s third straight, improved the Hoosiers to 13-6 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten.
It was another dominant effort for Jackson-Davis, who finished with 31 points, 15 rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists in 39 minutes. Trey Galloway was also crucial to IU’s success, finishing with 17 points and handling Michigan State’s ball pressure all afternoon. Bates also added 17 points and hit five 3-pointers.
Statistics that stand out
Indiana was 9-for-15 (60 percent) on 3s and 21-for-24 (87.5 percent) from the free throw line.
Final IU individual statistics
Final tempo-free statistics
Assembly Call postgame show
Filed to: Michigan State Spartans