Indiana vs. Michigan State Postgame Notes
Jan. 7, 2007
Indiana has won nine straight Big Ten home openers, with its last loss coming to No. 14 Iowa, 89-76, on New Year's Eve, 1997. The Hoosiers own a 31-5 mark in home conference openers since the inception of Assembly Hall prior to the 1971-72 season.
Coming into the game, Michigan State was one of just two teams in the nation to not allow an opponent to score more than 65 points this season.
D.J. White led all scorers with 21 points on the night, including 15 in the first half.
Indiana forced Michigan State to commit 20 turnovers. The Spartans came into the game averaging 14.8 turnovers per game. Indiana has forced its opponent into 20 or more turnovers in four games this season, forcing a season-high 26 against Lafayette on Nov. 13.
Indiana had a 24-4 advantage in points off turnovers in the game. It has held its opponent to single digits in points off turnovers in five games this season.
For the fourth time this year, Indiana finished in single digits in turnovers with eight. The Hoosiers are averaging 8.75 turnovers per game in the last eight games.
Lance Stemler led all Hoosiers with seven rebounds. He scored in double figures for the second straight game, tallying 16 on the night.
Indiana went on a 15-8 run with eight minutes left in the first half to give the Hoosiers a 38-27 lead at halftime.
Indiana leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.286), and held Michigan State to 12.5 percent from beyond the arc (1-8).
Senior Errek Suhr provided a key spark off the bench for Indiana on defense, reminiscent to his performance against No. 10/11 Duke. He had three points and one rebound in 13 minutes.
Earl Calloway was also a strong performer on defense with a game-high three steals and 11 points on the night.
Michigan State leading scorer Drew Neitzel was held to just 10 points on the night. He is averaging 18.4 points per game. He has only been held to 10 points or fewer three times this year.
For Michigan State, Idong Ibok fouled out for the first time this season with just over eight minutes left.
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