Adam Ballinger couldn't have asked for a better ending.
The win hands the Spartans (17-11, 9-6 Big Ten) their seventh win in nine conference contests, promoting the NCAA tournament bubble team to a 4th place tie with former front-runner Purdue. Iowa, meanwhile, fell to 6-9 in the conference, and 14-12 overall.
State opened up the game with a 16-0 advantage, led by eight Ballinger points, and never looked back. At halftime, the Spartans led 39-16, and at one point, led by as many as 35.
Iowa was led by center Jared Reiner with 17 points, but the Hawkeyes committed 19 turnovers and shot just .36 percent from the field.
Michigan State, who could only improve its NCAA tournament prospects with another win and an impressive Big Ten tournament showing, will travel to Ohio State to battle the inconsistent Buckeyes on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:17pm