Hoosiers Topple Michigan State, 73-51, To Open Big Ten Play At Home
Jan. 7, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Hoosiers scored in double figures as the Indiana men's basketball team opened the Big Ten home season with a 73-51 win over Michigan State on Branch McCracken Court on Sunday, Jan. 7.
Junior D.J. White led all players with 21 points, and he was followed by junior Lance Stemler with 16 points and senior Earl Calloway with 11. Stemler scored nine of his points in the second half and also led the Hoosiers (10-4, 1-1 Big Ten) with seven rebounds.
After Michigan State (13-4, 0-2 Big Ten) tied the game at 4-4 on a tip-in by Idong Ibok, Calloway and D.J. White combined on an 8-0 Hoosier run to give IU a 12-4 lead at the 15:25 mark in the first half. The Spartans came back to cut the IU advantage to one point three times over the next seven minutes, but another Hoosier run, this time 14-4, gave Indiana the lead at 35-23 with 2:16 left in the stanza.
A Stemler three-point play gave Indiana its largest lead of the half, 13 points, at 38-25 with 1:27 left. The Hoosiers went into the break with the 38-27 advantage. White entered the locker room with 15 points in the half.
Michigan State cut the IU advantage to seven points on a 3-pointer by Drew Neitzel with 16:58 remaining in the game, but a 3-pointer by Stemler and a jumper from freshman Armon Bassett gave the Hoosiers a 12-point lead with 15:38 left in the game. The Spartans cut the Indiana lead to single digits at the 14:32 point, but White rattled off four consecutive points to give IU a 13-point advantage and the Hoosiers never looked back. IU's largest lead of the game was 22 points, which they accomplished four times throughout the final six minutes of action.
As a team, Indiana outrebounded Michigan State, 30-26. The Spartans outshot the Hoosiers, 48.6 percent (18-of-37) to 45.0 percent (27-of-60), but the Hoosiers took 23 more shots from the field than MSU due to 20 Spartan turnovers. Twenty-four of IU's points came off of turnovers and the Hoosiers out-scored the Spartans, 17-2, in second-chance attempts. IU also shot 84.2 percent (16-of-19) from the free throw line.
Michigan State was led by Travis Walton with 12 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 outing from the charity stripe. Neitzel also scored in double figures for the Spartans, finishing with 11 points. Ibok led Michigan State with six rebounds, five of which came on the defensive end.
The Hoosiers will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 10, when they host in-state rival Purdue in Assembly Hall. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be seen live on ESPNU.
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