Indiana lost to Michigan State by a final score of 64-58 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. on Tuesday evening.
The Hoosiers were led by Rob Phinisee with 16 points. He was the lone Hoosier in double figures. The game was tied at halftime, 26-26, and was tied again at 51 apiece with 4:07 remaining before the Spartans pulled away late.
Below are the three keys to the game, highlights and expanded stats.
Indiana (12-13, 7-11) has now last four in a row and will finish out the regular season on Saturday at Purdue. That game will tip-off at 2:00 p.m. ET in West Lafayette, Ind.
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THREE KEYS TO THE GAME (will be updated)
1. Inept offense strikes again. It took Indiana nearly five minutes to score a field goal, and Indiana’s offensive struggles continued throughout the entire game. The Hoosiers shot just 32.7 percent from the field, including just a 2 of 20 effort from 3-point range. The Hoosiers had just eight turnovers which helped keep them in the game along with 15 fast break points and eight points off of 10 offensive rebounds. Indiana was without second leading scorer Armaan Franklin. First and third leading scorers Trayce Jackson-Davis and Al Durham combined to go 1 of 12 from the field.
2. Jackson-Davis ineffective. After scoring a career high 34 points in the first meeting, sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was held to just nine points and took only five shots on the evening. After refusing to double him in the first game, MSU threw more traps and digs at Jackson-Davis and did a better job at fronting the post in one-on-one matchups. The sophomore big man got into foul trouble early and played on 27 minutes.
3. Strong defensive effort wasted, Aaron Henry takes over again. Indiana held Michigan State’s offense in check for most of the game, limiting the Spartans to just 37.7 percent shooting for the game. But junior forward Aaron Henry took over again late much like the first meeting. Henry had 18 second half points and 22 for the game. Henry scored 12 straight points for MSU as part of 12-3 run late in the second half that gave the Spartans a 60-52 lead.
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