Davis, Spartans bury Indiana 67-62

Freshman Paul Davis put the Spartans on his shoulder every time he set foot on the court, including the first three minutes of overtime, scoring 21 points and pulling down nine rebounds to lead the Spartans to a 67-62 overtime win over the Indiana Hoosiers

Just when the MSU Spartans were looking for someone to step up, freshman forward Paul Davis did just that.

The 6-10 freshman put the team on his shoulder every time he set foot on the court, including the first three minutes of overtime, scoring 21 points and pulling down nine rebounds to lead the Spartans (13-8 overall, 5-4 Big Ten) to a 67-62 overtime win over the Indiana Hoosiers (14-8, 4-5).

Davis scored six of MSU's 11 points in overtime before leaving with a cramp.

The win was the third straight for the Spartans and their first Big Ten road win of the season. For Indiana, the loss drops them below .500 in the league and extends its losing streak to five.

MSU grabbed its largest lead of the game at 37-30 with 15:43 remaining, but saw that lead evaporate thanks to a 15-8 run by the Hoosiers. The two teams battled back and forth down the stretch, hitting clutch shot after clutch shot.

Sophomore guard Chris Hill buried a three-point shot with 1:11 remaining to give the Spartans the 56-53 lead. Thirty-four seconds later Indiana guard Bracey Wright answered with a three of his own to draw even, 56-56.

After taking the ball down court and running some time off the clock, the Spartans used a timeout with 12 seconds left to set up the game-winning play.

The setup seemed to mirror the Jan. 28 matchup between the two teams in East Lansing. With 39 seconds left MSU head coach Tom Izzo called for senior forward Adam Ballinger to take the shot and he delivered, giving MSU the win.

On Saturday night, Izzo once again called for Ballinger, but this time he passed up the shot and the Spartans didn't even get a shot off.

In the extra frame, Davis took over hitting 18-foot jumpers and using baseline-drop shots to help the Spartans get some breathing room.

The Hoosiers got with in three and had a chance to draw even or make it a one-point game, but Wright lost the ball while driving to the rim.

MSU freshman guard Maurice Ager scooped up the ball and drew the foul and knocked down his free shots to seal the win.

Hill was the Spartans second-leading scorer pouring in 12 points.

Forward Jeff Newton had 24 points to lead the Hoosiers and Wright finished with 20, finishing 4-of-9 from behind the arc.

The Hoosiers made the game close, thanks to 9-of-24 shooting from behind the three-point arc. MSU was just 2-of-12 from the arc, but none was bigger than Hill's at the end of the game.

Jeff Newton had 24 points to lead the Hoosiers and Wright finished with 20, finishing 4-of-9 from behind the arc.

The Spartans also controlled the battle underneath the boards, earning the 30-22 edge.

MSU will travel to Wisconsin (15-5, 6-3) for a Tuesday night matchup.

Injury update:
Sophomore forward Alan Anderson dislocated his pinkie in practice on Friday and is expected to be out 2-4 weeks.


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