(East Lansing) One shot is all it took.
With MSU up 56-54 against No. 19 Indiana, the Spartans had the ball and a chance to put the game away.
MSU head coach Tom Izzo had several options to go to, but no one expected him to call on senior forward Adam Ballinger to take the critical shot.
The 6-foot-9 Indiana native, who has been buried in a two-month slump, found himself open on the left wing with 39 seconds on clock and didnt hesitate hoisting up the decisive three-point shot which helped MSU (11-8 overall, 3-4 Big Ten) to the 61-54 victory over the Hoosiers (14-5, 4-3).
Izzo said in the postgame press conference that he knew Ballinger would be left open and it was a chance he was willing to take.
The shot not only snapped Ballinger out of his slump, but continued MSUs dominance over the Hoosiers at the Breslin Center. MSU has won 10 straight over Indiana in East Lansing.
MSU played its best basketball down the stretch to pick up its third conference win at home. The Spartans held the Hoosiers to no field goals for almost seven minutes before guard Kyle Hornsby connected on a three with 1:12 remaining to bring Indiana within two.
During that stretch the Spartans used a 17-8 run to close out the game.
Sophomore guard Kelvin Torbert and sophomore forward Alan Anderson led the Spartans with 12 points a piece. But it was Torberts all-around game that caught the eye of Izzo, who said it was his best performance as a Spartan.
Torbert pulled down 7 rebounds, got after numerous loose balls and only turned the ball over once in addition to the scoring honor.
As a team MSU turned the ball just nine times, and hit 85 percent from the free throw line, which has plagued them with lately.
Indiana who has struggled from behind the three-point arc in the last three games, was only 4-of-15 against the Spartans.
In first half the two teams battled through seven lead changes and six ties to go to the break deadlocked at 27-27.
MSU started off the first half on fire, hitting eight of its first 10 shots. Freshman forward Erazem Lorbek got the Spartan offense going early, scoring six consecutive points.
Lorbek and sophomore forward Alan Anderson led the Spartans with six apiece at the half.
Indiana got a solid performance off the bench from forward George Leach going 4-of-5 from the field to lead the Hoosiers with eight points at the half.