Hoosiers Stumble At Michigan State, Fall To Spartans, 66-58
Feb. 24, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Freshman Armon Bassett scored a career-high 25 points, but it was not enough as the Indiana men's basketball team fell at Michigan State, 66-58, on Saturday, Feb. 24. Junior A.J. Ratliff was the other Hoosier to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points in the loss.
The Hoosiers opened the game on a 6-2 run, with all of those points coming from two 3-point baskets from Ratliff. Michigan State (21-8, 8-6 Big Ten) battled back, however, to come within one at 9-8 with 15:37 left in the half. After a three minute scoreless drought, freshman Joey Shaw connected from behind the arc, which was followed by another 3, this time by Bassett, to give the Hoosiers a 19-11 lead with 9:41 left to play in the half.
In the final seven minutes of the first half, IU outscored Michigan State, 9-5, to take a 30-20 advantage into the break.
After Bassett sank two from the charity stripe to open the second half and give IU (18-9, 8-6) the 13-point advantage, the Spartans went on an 8-1 run to come back to within five, 34-28, with 16:47 left to play. IU led by 11 points after a 3 by Lance Stemler with just over 15 minutes remaining, but the Spartans came back and took their first lead of the game, 40-39, with 10:05 left in the midst of a 20-3 run.
Michigan State increased its lead to 10 points at 56-46, with 3:46 remaining in play. A 3-pointer by Bassett brought the Hoosiers to within six with three minutes left, but that was as close as Indiana would come.
Junior D.J. White pulled down 10 rebounds to lead IU and also had two blocks in the game to go along with nine points. Stemler scored seven points in the loss and grabbed six boards, five on the offensive end. Bassett led the Hoosiers with five assists.
For the game, IU shot 35.4 percent (17-of-48) from the floor while Michigan State shot 54.5 percent (18-of-33). The Spartans held the advantage on the glass, 31-21, including a 23-10 discrepancy on the defensive end. Michigan State committed 23 turnovers and IU scored 24 points off of those miscues.
The Hoosiers will be in action next on Wednesday, Feb. 28, when they travel to Evanston, Ill., to take on Northwestern. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST
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