January 22nd, 2017

The Spartans cut a 20-point second-half deficit to four, but Indiana held on for an 82-75 victory over Michigan State on Saturday. James Blackmon Jr. matched his career high with 33 points and Robert Johnson added 17 to help Indiana , who won for the fourth time in five games, this time without their best defensive player OG Anunoby (knee).

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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Blackmon buries comeback effort with 33 points, MSU falls 82-75 State News
Three after three after three for Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr. powers the Indiana Hoosiers (14-6, 4-3 Big Ten) past MSU men’s basketball (12-8, 4-3 Big Ten) 82-75 at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.

Michigan State falls to Indiana and hot-shooting Blackmon Jr., 82-75 Land of 10
Eron Harris had a team-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting, but Blackmon Jr. equaled a career-high with 33 points, including making six 3-pointers, to send Michigan State (12-8, 4-3 Big Ten) to its second consecutive road loss. Indiana (14-6, 4-3) had to hold off a determined comeback by the Spartans to snap a five-game losing streak in the series. It was the third straight win for the Hoosiers.

Spartans’ rally falls short in loss to Hoosiers Detroit News
A blistering first-half shooting performance from Indiana proved too much to overcome for Michigan State on Saturday. The Hoosiers made their first seven shots and eventually led by 20 early in the second half before Michigan State came storming back late only to fall, 82-75, at Assembly Hall. It was the second straight loss for Michigan State (12-8, 4-3 Big Ten) while Indiana has now won three in a row and snapped a five-game skid to the Spartans.

Spartans get buried early, can’t quite rally against Hoosiers, lose 82-75 The Only Colors
Much like the season, today’s game against Indiana was up and down. The first half was as bad a half as MSU has played all year but the second was much more competitive.

Michigan State rolled early, can’t complete comeback at Indiana, 82-75 Detroit Free Press
Nothing Michigan State did could stop Indiana. Not on offense. Not on defense. Neither inside nor outside. And then halftime arrived. The Spartans grew up and toughened up during the break, yet couldn’t overcome their horrid start and the Hoosiers’ torrid shooting.

Michigan State’s rally comes up short as James Blackmon Jr. stars for Indiana MLive
Michigan State had the last week off, putting in work in East Lansing, making final alterations for the closing five weeks of the regular season. Then the Spartans went to Indiana. They carried that bye week into the first 30 or so minutes of the game.

MSU storms back but falls short in 82-75 loss to Indiana Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State stormed back from a huge second-half deficit against a hot-shooting Indiana team and had a chance to make it a one-possession in the final minute. But with MSU down six with 42 seconds to go, Eron Harris missed a 3-pointer and Thomas Bryant made two free throws to put Indiana back up eight, as the Hoosiers held on to hand the Spartans a 82-75 loss on Saturday in Bloomington.

What he said: Tom Izzo following Michigan State’s 82-75 loss at Indiana Land of 10
Michigan State dropped its second straight road game Saturday, falling 82-75 at Indiana. The loss leaves the Spartans 12-8 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten.

Miles Bridges and those Michigan State freshmen show their two sides in loss at Indiana MLive
Michigan State dropped an 82-75 decision to Indiana on Saturday, falling to 12-8 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten. Some immediate observations from Assembly Hall

Early Hole Insurmountable on Road at Indiana isportsweb
On Saturday, the Spartans hit the road for the second straight game as they faced the Indiana Hoosiers in a hostile environment at Assembly Hall. While Michigan State was coming off a bye week after a loss in Columbus last Sunday, Indiana was riding off an emotional rollercoaster of a contest Wednesday against Penn State. The Hoosiers blew a thirteen point lead in that game before James Blackmon Jr hit the game-winner as time expired. It appeared that the momentum of this shot carried not only Blackmon, but the entire Indiana lineup early on as they raced out to a lead that Michigan State could never recover from in a 82-75 defeat.