BLOOMINGTON, Indiana — On Thursday, Michigan State played the role of buzz saw as it hit 12 3-pointers and ran away from Rutgers to end a losing streak.
On Sunday it was Michigan State’s turn to take to the streets and encounter a buzz saw.
The Spartans fell apart in the second half, losing on the road 82-69 to Indiana at Assembly Hall.
Michigan State (13-7, 5-4) has narrowly lost three of its last four games. That stretch began when elder forward Malik Hall was injured in the second half on Jan. 13 in Illinois.
Michigan State continues to feel the effects of Hall’s absence; It played basket after basket against the Hoosiers for almost 30 minutes before breaking up late as its lack of depth proved costly.
Michigan State erased a seven-point deficit thanks to three baskets from Jaden Akins early in the second half. Akins added his fourth shot of the second half at 13:34 to give Michigan State a two-point lead.
But things unraveled from there. Indiana (13-6, 4-4) ripped off a 10-point run that included two 3-pointers and an open layup thanks to Michigan State’s help defense. This run marked Indiana’s third run of at least 10 points in the game to that point.
To slow down All-Big-Ten forward Trayce Jackson-Davis after his 13-point first half, Michigan State resorted to doubles teams. That slowed Jackson-Davis for a team but also gave the Hoosiers open 3-pointers; They went 9-on-15 behind the arc for the game, compared to 4-on-12 for the Spartans.
When Indiana’s Tamar Bates hit his fifth 3-pointer from several yards from the arc at 6:23 left, Michigan State was a game-high 12 points behind and had missed six straight shots.
Hauser finished the tournament at 22 and Akins tied his career-high at 15, but the rest of the Spartans could do little to help. AJ Hoggard finished with 11 but didn’t hit his first shot until 2:20 from the end when Michigan State was down double digits.
Jackson-Davis finished with 31 points.
Michigan State received just nine points from its bench, all from backup center Jaxon Kohler. The Hoosiers, meanwhile, made 25 points from their reserves.
Michigan State jumped to a nine-point first-half lead behind 11 points from Joey Hauser in less than six minutes to open the game. But the game turned when Hoggard caught his second foul on a 3-point shooter at 8:17 and was sent to the bench.
Hoggard’s absence opened the door for Indiana to go on a 10-point streak soon after to climb back from nine points and take the lead. The Spartan ended the half 2:10 from the field with five turnovers while Hoggard was on the bench.
Michigan State is now returning home to face Iowa at home on Thursday.