Tom Crean has some staples to success for his basketball teams.
Committing more turnovers than made baskets isn't one of them.
Indiana turned the ball over 21 times and made only 13 of its 42 shots (31 percent), negating plenty of other things it did well in Saturday's 75-47 loss to Michigan State in East Lansing.
The loss was the 15th straight for Indiana (6-16/1-9) at the Breslin Center dating back to 1991. Michigan State (19-4/9-2), meanwhile, got career-highs of 15 points and 12 rebounds from Draymond Green to keep Coach Tom Izzo's squad 1 ½ games ahead of Purdue for the Big Ten lead.
Some of Indiana's shooting struggles were because its best shooter as of late, Devan Dumes, was limited to only three first-half minutes due to three early fouls and was then ejected for throwing an elbow with 2:11 remaining in the game. Three days after making 8-of-9 shots on his way to a career-high 27 against Iowa, Dumes scored only five points in 19 minutes before being ejected for throwing an elbow at Austin Thornton after being fouled.
Dumes missed the final couple of minutes of the game against the Spartans, and the Big Ten Conference might have something to say about whether or not he'll face any additional discipline. Michigan's Zack Novak was suspended for one game after a flagrant foul on Ohio State's P.J. Hill two weeks ago, but the league didn't suspend Wolverine guard Manny Harris after his ejection for elbowing Purdue's Chris Kramer last weekend.
"I did not see what happened. (The officials) described it and they were all sure of it," Crean said. "I would imagine the league will have an opinion, and we'll deal with whatever they say."
Before his ejection Dumes was 0-of-3 from behind the 3-point arc and the Hoosiers were only 3-of-16 from deep as a team. That's a marked contrast to IU's last four games, when it had made 53.1 percent of its attempts from behind the arc.
Despite Dumes' absence and the offensive woes, the Hoosiers managed to stay in the game early on thanks to its ability to keep the Spartans from getting much of anything in transition (three fastbreak points) and from dominating the boards (MSU 38-33). Indiana trailed by only seven, 33-26, at halftime, and then cut the lead to three in the first minute of the second half after back-to-back fast break layups by Dumes.
But Michigan State answered with a 10-0 run to push the lead to 13, and then added a 14-2 run late that blew the game open.
"I expected more out of us in the second half," Crean said. "We didn't get it, and that's part of why they're great. They wear you down."
The play of Chris Allen (16 points, 4-of-6 3-pointers) and Green the bench helped the Spartans overcome some sub-par efforts from two of their top scorers, Kalin Lucas and Durrell Summers. Lucas made only 4-of-15 shots and finished with 10 points, five below his season average. Summers was averaging 19.3 points in his last four games but missed all eight of his 3-point attempts and was 1-of-11 overall to finish with only two.
But Indiana was unable to take advantage of the Spartans' struggles. Verdell Jones led the Hoosiers with 13 points, including an 8-of-10 effort at the free-throw line. Matt Roth was the only other Hoosier in double figures with 10, but made only 2-of-8 shots and 2-of-7 from behind the 3-point arc.
"For 32 minutes we looked like we could play with a great basketball team, but then reality set in and we couldn't stop them from doing what they wanted to do," Crean said.
Jones 2-8 8-10 13, Williams 3-7 1-2 7, Pritchard 3-5 3-6 9, Dumes 2-5 1-2 5, Taber 1-3 0-0 2, Roth 2-8 4-4 10, Story 0-4 1-2 1, Moore 0-1 0-0 0, Lewis 0-1 0-0 0, Barnett 0-0 0-0 0, Gambles 0-0 0-0 0, Jobe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-42 18-26 47.
MICHIGAN STATE 75
Roe 3-5 3-9 9, Summers 1-11 0-0 2, Suton 5-6 2-3 12, Lucas 4-15 2-3 10, Walton 0-2 0-0 0, Allen 5-8 2-2 16, Lucious 2-3 0-0 6, Green 5-5 5-5 15, Gray 0-2 1-2 1, Thornton 0-1 2-2 2, Ibok 0-0 0-0 0, Herzog 0-0 0-0 0, Kebler 0-1 0-0 0, Crandell 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 25-59 19-28 75.
3-Pointers: Indiana 3-16 (Roth 2-7, Jones 1-3, Dumes 0-3, Story 0-2, Williams 0-1), Michigan State 6-21 (Allen 4-6, Lucious 2-2, Summers 0-8, Lucas 0-3, Thornton 0-1, Kebler 0-1). Rebounds: Indiana 33 (Williams 7), Michigan State 38 (Green 12). Assists: Indiana 10 (Moore 3), Michigan State 15 (Lucas 3, Suton 3, Allen 3). Turnovers: Indiana 21, Michigan State 10. Steals: Indiana 2, Michigan State 6. Blocks: Indiana 1, Michigan State 5. Fouls: Indiana 25, Michigan State 23.
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