Nice Trice: MSU races past Iowa behind senior

Michigan State senior guard nets 25 points and hits seven 3-pointers in 75-61 win

Going into halftime, Michigan State was on the wrong side of a big first-half run.

Iowa pulled ahead with a 27-10 run to close the first half and lead 39-28, but then Travis Trice happened. The Spartans senior went off in the second half and Michigan State raced to what became a relatively easy 75-61 win at Iowa.

Trice finished with 25 points, but it was how they came that mattered most. He hit 7 of 8 3-pointers – tied with Drew Neitzel for the best single-game 3-point performance in school history.

The senior had 11 points in a row for the Spartans as the game turned from a 48-47 Iowa lead to a 58-48 Michigan State lead. The first 3 came on a crossover, step back from the top of the key then he hit another in transition to give the Spartans a 25-9 run to open the second half.

He followed that up with a step back long two from the corner and another 3 from the corner and MSU was off to the races.

Trice was not alone in his big game, as the Spartans hit 12 of 17 from 3 and went 8 of 9 as a team in the second half.

Denzel Valentine had 18 points and nine rebounds, while senior Branden Dawson had his second straight double-double, finishing with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Early on, Michigan State centers Matt Costello and Gavin Schilling got into immediate foul trouble. Iowa forward Gabriel Olaseni took advantage and finished with 18 points for the Hawkeyes as he keyed the big first-half run.

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