Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Michigan State returns to winning ways by dismantling Indiana

Michigan State returns to winning ways by dismantling Indiana

Michigan State is a 15.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the game's Over/Under (O/U) opened at 140 points. He matched his career high with 19 points against MI and added six blocks and three rebounds.

The Spartans were too strong, fast, deep and relentless for the Hoosiers, ringing up 18 straight points in the first half and rolling to their best win in two weeks. But starting December 28 with a victory over Philadelphia, Portland has returned to its winning ways in Moda Center. "I think he knew that he was going to have to step up and make some plays and he did". The Boilermakers 18 wins are most in the country. The previous low had been a 21-point loss to Indiana State in a 90-69 home loss in the season opener November 10. "In the fourth quarter, it was good to see the lead expand without having very many mistakes".

IN is playing as well as it has all season, having won three straight - downing Minnesota, Penn State and Northwestern - and five of its last six. Johnson finished the game 21 points on 7-13 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. A team that figured to need some time to develop after losing three of its top four scorers from its Sweet 16 team suddenly looks as if it has arrived.

Indiana's Robert Johnson had 21 points and the rest of his teammates struggled offensively.

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IN coach Nate McMillan had an eye on the stat sheet in assessing what went wrong for the Pacers.

"You gotta win", Gophers coach Don Lucia said, emphasizing Thursday's game. "That could be one thing that could help us".

There are a lot of critical stretches within a men's basketball season and IN finds itself IN the midst of a five-day period IN which its season can - more than likely - go one way (up) or the other (down). And after playing four of its first six SEC games on the road, Kentucky gets to close January with three of its next four at Rupp Arena. Stotts said he didn't recall running plays for Nurkic, saying he was doing it all on effort. "When he plays that way on both ends, we're a much better team". The Spartans ran away with the lead early on, and the trail only got bigger for the Hoosiers when Juwan Morgan was injured in the first half to the extent of not returning to the bench.

- Senior forward Ben Carter returned to play late in the second half after missing the last three games with an ankle injury. He was kept in the locker room for treatment.

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IN has little time to regroup. "It was a insane game - two goals scored from the neutral zone".

IL will be seeking its first conference win when it heads to Wisconsin tonight.

Copeland had 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting for Yale. That's when Michigan State will find out if the work it put in over the last week will sustain it through the second half of the Big Ten season. Portland swept the season series from IN for the third time IN four seasons.

Portland won despite shooting just 39.4 percent from the floor (37 of 94), and 31.2 percent from 3-point range (10 of 32). They were 16 of 16, the third time they've been flawless from the line in a game this season, an National Basketball Association high. Do-it-all junior guard Josh Reaves (10.8 points per game, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists) has missed the team's last three games due to academic issues, and his status remains unchanged.

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Pacers: at Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

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