BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Road games have not fazed Michigan State basketball this season. But neither have close games for Indiana.
The two teams traded big second-half baskets Saturday afternoon, but Cassius Winston missed a tough fall-away jumper with time running out as the Hoosiers upset the No. 8 Spartans, 63-62, at Assembly Hall.
Winston’s shot from the corner missed with 2 seconds left, and Aaron Henry got the rebound but did not get a shot off in time.
Jordan Morgan’s three-point play with 1:46 remaining was the difference. Indiana had a 20-11 edge in rebounding in the second half, including a 10-1 edge on the offensive glass.
The Spartans (23-6, 14-4 Big Ten) fall out of first place in the Big Ten for the time being, with their five-game win streak stopped.
It was a season sweep and a second straight home upset for Indiana (15-14, 6-12), which knocked off Wisconsin in overtime Tuesday.
Winston led the Spartans with 20 points and 11 assists. Kenny Goins had 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and Xavier Tillman had 11 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. MSU shot 54.2 percent but committed 14 turnovers.
Justin Smith had 24 points and Devonte Green scored 13 for the Hoosiers, who shot just 37.7 percent.
The Spartans used Winston off the ball and to make plays in the second half after he had nine points and seven assists in the opening period.
Winston scored eight of MSU’s first 10 points of the second half and assisted on the other. The Spartans took a 12-point lead on a driving layup by the junior point guard with 13:51 left.
But the pesky Hoosiers ripped off a quick 9-0 run in a minute and a half, sparked by a 3-pointer by Green and capped by a layup after an MSU turnover to cut it to a one-point game.
Goins then hit a 3-pointer with 11:15 to play, and Henry’s first 3-pointer since Jan. 17 put MSU ahead 54-49 with 7:52.
But the Hoosiers would not go away, with Green hitting another 3 to spark a 7-0 run. Juwan Morgan’s putback, three-point play with 1:46 to play gave IU its first lead, 63-62, since the game’s first basket.
MSU committed a turnover, and the Hoosiers grabbed two offensive rebounds but did not convert. The Spartans got the ball back with 28 seconds left and 26 ticks on the shot clock. Phinisee fouled Winston on a drive, Indiana’s sixth team foul, giving MSU the ball out of bounds with 8.5 seconds left to set up the final look.
From the outset, MSU let the Hoosiers shoot from deep.
Smith, who had just four 3-pointers all year in 20 attempts and none made since Jan. 25, hit 3 of 4 in the first half and scored 16 points. The sophomore forward made the Hoosiers’ first five field goals as the rest of his teammates were 0 for 13, until Phinisee’s 3-pointer with 5:24 to go. Smith followed with another as the Hoosiers trimmed MSU’s lead to six.
But Winston drove and scored on a layup, hit a pair of free throws and set up Tillman and Thomas Kithier for buckets, as the Spartans carried a 35-28 lead into halftime.
Henry, who was guarding Indiana’s Romeo Langford with Matt McQuaid battling an ankle injury, held his fellow home state freshman to just one basket with 2 seconds left before half.
MSU, which committed six turnovers in Sunday’s 77-70 win at Michigan, coughed the ball up nine times in the first half Saturday, leading to nine IU points.
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