Defense sparks MSU rout of Indiana

Michigan State uses big performance on the defensive end to improve to 1-1 in Big Ten play, bouncing back from a double overtime loss to Maryland

Michigan State came out on fire defensively and ran away with a 70-50 win Monday against Indiana. It was a much-needed win for the Spartans, who could ill afford an 0-2 start at home in Big Ten play.

The Spartans held Indiana to just 17 points in the first half as the Hoosiers hit 5 of 28 shots in the first 20 minutes. The Hoosiers shot just 28.3 percent shooting for the game.

Michigan State had no such struggles on the offensive end – a stark contrast from the Spartans’ Big Ten opener against Maryland. MSU shot 44 percent from the field in the first half, as Denzel Valentine and Branden Dawson had eight points each. Dawson finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Gavin Schilling felt one rebound short of a double-double as he had 10 points and nine boards. The Spartans used a major advantage on the offensive glass with 17 offensive boards and 50 total to the Hoosiers’ 28.

An early 12-0 run put the Spartans ahead 13-2 in the first 7:18.

Leading 36-17 entering the second half, the Spartans opened on a 14-3 run – which ended with an 11-0 run – to open the game up even more.

Freshman Tum Tum Nairn got his first career start in place of Travis Trice. He responded with a career-high seven points.

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