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Indiana lost to Michigan State 78-71 on Saturday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.
The Hoosiers were led by Trayce Jackson-Davis with a career-high 34 points while Race Thompson added 15. Indiana led 30-26 at halftime but were outscored 52-41 after the break.
The three keys to the game, highlights and expanded stats are below.
Indiana (12-10, 7-8) will next travel to Rutgers for an 8 p.m. tip on Wednesday night in Piscataway, N.J.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. MSU figures it out on offense. The Spartans were a disaster to open the game with eight turnovers in the first 9:11 while shooting under 30 percent. But Michigan State committed just six more turnovers for the game and shot 49.2 percent for the game including 56.7 in the second half. Michigan State scored 52 second half points, twice their first half total. Indiana, on the other hand, had seven second half turnovers which offset their own solid 55.6 percent second half performance from the field.
2. No answer for Henry. At 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds and with inside-outside skills, Indiana didn’t have a good matchup for junior forward Aaron Henry. The Indianapolis native scored 27 points, attacking relentlessly and scoring through contact. “We didn’t have a real good matchup for him,” coach Archie Miller said after the game. Henry played the full 40 minutes and only had one turnover.
3. Indiana’s guards are a no show. Let’s start with the positive. Trayce Jackson-Davis posted a career high 34 points and Race Thompson added 15 and seven steals, a single game theft total good for a fourth place tie all-time. But Indiana’s guards scored just 17 points collectively, including five that came in the final minute. The guards shot 5-of-23 as a group, and all five makes came from Armaan Franklin, who was 5-of-9. The rest of the guards shot 0-of-14 from the field, including an 0-of-10 effort for Rob Phinisee and Al Durham.
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