Junior forward Bracey Wright scored 32 points and freshman D.J. White added 17, including the tying basket in the closing seconds of regulation and the go-ahead basket in overtime, to lead Indiana to a 78-74 victory over 10th ranked Michigan State in front of the Hoosier faithful at Assembly Hall.
Wright, who scored 17 of his 32 points in the first half, was 9-of-14 for the game including 5-of-8 from three-point range. White scored 13 of his 17 points in the second and overtime periods going 7-of-8 from the field during that span. As a team, Indiana (14-11, 9-5 Big Ten) shot a season-high 53.3 percent from the field on 24-of-45 shooting. Junior guard Marshall Strickland chipped in with 13 points, including a career-high eight assists, with only one turnover.
The Spartans lost despite holding a 36-20 rebounding edge and a 17-13 edge in assists. Meanwhile, Indiana was certainly helped by hitting 22-of-32 (.687) free throw attempts; as opposed to the Spartans who went just 9-15 (.600) from the charity stripe. Michigan State was also hurt by committing 18 turnovers (which the Hoosiers converted into 15 points of their own), as well as only shooting 3-of-14 (.214) from 3-point range.
The Spartans trailed by 11 points late in the first half, but pulled within three at halftime and took the lead midway through the second half on a 3-pointer by Kelvin Torbert.
Michigan State held Indiana for more than 4 minutes without a field goal at that point; but the Hoosiers stayed close by going to the free throw line and trailed only 60-58 on a 3-pointer by A.J. Ratliff with 4 minutes to go. Maurice Ager then hit one free throw and a 3-pointer to put Michigan State up 64-58, matching its biggest lead of the game.
Strickland began the Indiana comeback on a jumper with 2:22 remaining to cut the lead to 64-60.
Wright brought the Hoosiers within two at 64-62 after hitting two free throws with 90 seconds left.
After a Michigan State turnover, Indiana went inside to White as he posted up Matt Trannon and hit a hook shot to tie score at 64 with 16 seconds left.
Kelvin Torbert's game-winning attempt fell short for the Spartans, sending the game into overtime tied at 64.
In the overtime period, Paul Davis gave Michigan State an early two-point lead, 66-64, on a dunk 15 seconds into the extra frame off an assist from Chris Hill, but Davis fouled out shortly afterward.
Indiana's Roderick Wilmont hit a free throw, White had two more baskets and Wright put the game out of reach with a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left. The Hoosiers scored their last six points on free throws over the final 26 seconds of overtime and took a 78-72 lead before Hill scored at the buzzer for the Spartans.
Michigan State will try to get back on track Wednesday night in Evanston, Illinois when they take on the Northwestern Wildcats in an 8:00 ET tip-off.