IU Defeated by MSU 84-72
Jan. 31, 2004East Lansing, Mich. - The Indiana Hoosier men's basketball team had its five-game winning streak snapped by Michigan State, 84-72, on Saturday night in ESPN's "Turn Back The Clock" game. Indiana falls to 11-7 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten. Michigan State improves to 10-8 and 5-2 in the conference.
Indiana got off to a good start as A.J. Moye sunk a deep three-pointer from the right side of the court to put the Hoosiers on the board first. The contest was neck and neck for the next few possessions until the 15-minute mark, when the Hoosiers began to pull away from the Spartans. Bracey Wright carried the team during Indiana's run, sinking three three-pointers in a row. With the help of Wright, A.J. Moye and Marshall Strickland, the team went five of six from the three-point range early on. The Hoosiers were then forced to play without George Leach who committing his second foul with 12:23 to play in the first half. The Hoosiers led by as many as eight during the half, but after Michigan State picked up their defense and held the Hoosiers scoreless the final two minutes of the stanza, Indiana could only take a one-point lead into the half, 35-34.
Michigan State was able to come out in the second half and cut Indiana's lead down early, and tied the game at 39 just over three minutes into the half. The Spartans' Paul Davis made a jumper to put Michigan State ahead, 41-39, and the Spartans never looked back as they went on to win by 12, 84-72.
Michigan State's Davis led all scorers with a career-high 32 points. Three other Spartans were in double digits with Chris Hill at 11 and Alan Anderson and Kelvin Torbert each with 10.
Wright was Indiana's leading scorer with 29 points and four assists. Marshall Strickland was the only other Hoosier in double figures with 14 points and two assists. Moye led the Hoosiers in rebounds with eight.
The Hoosiers return to the court on Tuesday, Feb. 3, when they return home to Assembly Hall to face the Illinois Fighting Illini. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN. The match up can also be heard on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (p-b-p), Todd Leary (analysis) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
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