But an untimely 15-1 run during the end of the first and beginning of the second half made nearly all the difference. The Hoosiers suffered their second conference loss of the season, falling 73-56 to the Spartans in IU's Big Ten home opener.
Yogi Ferrell led IU with 17 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field, but Michigan State's Gary Harris, another sophomore guard and Indiana-native had a career outing with 26 points to lead the Spartans' charge.
The Hoosiers took their largest lead of the game at 9-5 with five early points from Ferrell. A 10-0 run, including eight points from Harris would be all it took, though, to secure Michigan State's lead the team held for the remainder of the game.
IU fought back to get within a single point with 2:56 left in the first half off a jumper from Jeremy Hollowell, but from there, IU fell off and could never muster enough sustained momentum to challenge the No. 5 team in the country. The Spartans closed the half on an 8-0 tear and sprinted out of the gates with seven points in 2:24, a second half opening the evoked memories of IU's loss to Syracuse earlier this season.
Stanford Robinson started the second half in place of Hollowell and gave IU a spark with nine second half points, including four-straight that along with a Will Sheehey 3-pointer, got IU back within eight. But with that run and several others IU rolled off, they ended for too soon as Michigan State ran off their own to keep the Hoosiers out of reach.
Sheehey followed Yogi in scoring with 13 points including three second half 3-pointers, and Robinson's nine second-half points gave him 11 in the outing.