No. 12 Indiana Falls to No. 19 Michigan State on the Road
March 2, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Raymar Morgan scored 12 of his 20 points early to help No. 19 Michigan State build a big lead and beat No. 12 Indiana 103-74 Sunday, allowing the Spartans to finish undefeated at home and hand Dan Dakich his first loss as interim coach.
Michigan State (23-6, 11-5 Big Ten) led 59-31 at halftime after making 78 percent of its shots, including nine 3-pointers.
Drew Neitzel scored 17 points in his final home game, Goran Suton had 17 points, Kalin Lucas scored 14 and Chris Allen added 11 for the Spartans, who won all 17 of their games this season at the Breslin Center, where Indiana has lost 14 straight.
Michigan State had lost four of its previous seven games - with each setback on the road - but put together a dominant performance it hopes carries over to the final week on the road, then the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.
Morgan led the way, making a 3-pointer against a zone to open the game and following up with another 3-pointer, a layup, low-post shot and fastbreak dunk to put Michigan State ahead 27-16.
The Hoosiers showed signs of life in the second half, shooting a redhot 53.3 percent from the floor and scoring 43 points.
Gordon's fadeaway capped a 9-0 run and pulled Indiana within 17 points midway through the second half, but the Spartans ended any comeback hopes by scoring seven straight.
White recorded his 18th double-double of the season, his 10th of the Big Ten campaign and his 21st in his last 31 games.
Sophomore guard Armon Bassett scored in double figures for the fourth straight game and 14th time this season. He contributed 13 points and dished out six assists in 39 minutes.
Detroit native Jordan Crawford led the Hoosiers off the bench with 12 points in 27 minutes. The freshman guard shot 5-of-8 from the floor en route to his 15th double-digit scoring effort.
The Hoosiers return home Wednesday night for their Senior Night against Minnesota. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. EST in Bloomington.
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