Indiana (13-6, 4-4) capitalized on a big second-half run to edge past Michigan State 82-69 Sunday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The win is IU’s third in as many games and the Hoosiers’ first home win over the Spartans since 2020.
Preseason All American Trayce Jackson Davis continued his dominant play, leading the Hoosiers with a game-high 31 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and five blocks in 39 minutes. Sophomore guard Tamar Bates provided a big spark off the bench and scored 17 points in 27 minutes, including seven 3-pointers. Trey Galloway caught fire in the second half, finishing with 17 points and adding three assists and no turnovers in 35 minutes.
For the Spartans Joe Hauser was a one-man wreck in the first half, scoring 14 points in the opening period and finishing with 22 points and six rebounds. Jaden Akin helped lead the Spartans’ backcourt by 15 points while also being a starting mate TysonWalker ended with eight points, two assists and four steals.
Sunday’s matinee provided fans with a classic Big Ten dogfight between two of the Big Ten’s legendary programs, and the old-school style of play suited the pregame build-up. Whether it was 60 combined points scored in the paint, 41 total fouls including multiple assessed technical fouls, or a physical battle for every rebound and loose ball, the Spartans and Hoosiers clawed to the last buzzer.
However, it was Indiana who had the last laugh, reclaiming an eight-point lead with a 10-0 run midway through the second half that they wouldn’t give up for the rest of the game. During the crucial stretch, Bates sank two of his seven 3-pointers and Galloway ended the IU run with a slicing layup down the lane.
While the Hoosiers led 59-51 and 10-41 in the game, the Spartans never got closer than six points the rest of the way as IU rode his defense to the final buzzer.
But where Indiana really started to sow its winning seeds was late in the first half. After Michigan State got off to a hot start thanks to 11 points from Hauser in the first six minutes and gave the Spartans a 17-8 lead, the Hoosiers began to hold off and slowly clear the early deficit.
After a pair of 3-pointers from Galloway at 17:47 and 16:22 in the first half, the Hoosiers scored their first field goal not before the 11:43 mark, almost five minutes later. But once Malik Renau (6 points, 5 rebounds) eventually conceded a layup to reduce MSU’s lead to 17-10, Indiana began to settle in while his offense followed suit.
Four minutes later, the Hoosiers went down to a 10-0 to retake a 26-25 lead. Although the Spartans would fight back to retake the lead thanks to two buckets Jaxon Koehler (9 points, 6 rebounds) Indiana quickly responded with 11 unanswered points as halftime neared, putting Assembly Hall on its feet.
The late run allowed Indiana to take a 37-32 lead at halftime and control key momentum.
In the second half, however, Michigan State never stopped fighting and even briefly took a 44:42 lead at 15:52. A 12-3 goal run for the Spartans calmed the pro-Hoosiers crowd, but there was still work to be done.
After Indiana weathered the storm and reached the media timeout of less than 16 minutes, it was Galloway who saved the Hoosiers and started the winning streak. A 3-pointer followed by a successful trip to the free throw line put IU back in front, 47-44. Michigan State responded with a 7-2 run to reclaim a 51-49 advantage, but it would be the last time the Spartans led for the remainder of the afternoon.
An emphatic 13-2 scoring was all it took for the Hoosiers to break away from the Spartans and IU never looked back from there. Indiana extended their lead to as much as 15 points with 5-17 to play after a successful layup and -1 by Jackson-Davis, and Michigan State had no runs left the rest of the way.
With the win, Indiana improves to 13-6 overall and 4-4 in Big Ten play. Next, the Hoosiers travel to Minnesota on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET for a late pick against the Golden Gophers.
Key games and stretches:
1H: 16:19 – Trey Galloway 3 hands (IU leads 8-7)
1H: 16:16 – Müller Kopp Flagrant-1 Foul –> Mady Sissoko 2-2 FTs (MSU leads 9-8)
1H: 14:49 – Race Thompson comes into play from the bank (MSU leads 13-8)
1H: 11:43 – Malik Reneau Layup –> First IU FG since 16:19 (MSU leads 17-10)
1H: 6:12 – Trayce Jackson-Davis Layup -> IU on a 6-0 run (MSU leads 25-22)
1H: 3:46 – Tamar Bates 3 hands (tie 29-29)
1H: 1:05 – Jackson Davis Dunk and-1 (IU leads 37-29)
HALFTIME – Indiana leads 37-32
2H: 18:12 – Jaden Akins + Jordan Geronimo Trading with 3 pointers (IU leads 42-37)
2H: 16:16 – Akins Fast break layup -> MSU on a 5-0 goal run (tie 42-42)
2H: 12:03 – Bates 3 pointer -> IU on an 8-0 run (IU leads 57-51)
2H: 6:22 – Bates 3 hands (IU leads 67-55)
2H: 5:17 – Jackson Davis Offensive rebound + layup and -1 (IU leads 72-57)
2H: 1:50 – Jalen Hood-Schifino alley-oop too Jackson Davis to the dunk (IU leads 80-66)