Victor Oladipo powers No. 1 Indiana past No. 4 Michigan
East Lansing, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Victor Oladipo scored Indiana’s last six points, including the go-ahead basket with 47 seconds remaining, as the No. 1 Hoosiers escaped with a 72-68 triumph over No. 4 Michigan State Tuesday at Jack Breslin Student Events Center.
Oladipo followed up Kevin Ferrell’s miss to put the Hoosiers ahead, 68-67, and added an emphatic dunk for a three-point cushion with 10 ticks left.
The Spartans had a chance to tie the game when Will Sheehey fouled Gary Harris while shooting from beyond the arc.
Luckily for the Hoosiers, Harris missed two of three attempts from the charity stripe before Oladipo sank two foul shots to seal Indiana’s first road win over Michigan State since 1991.
Oladipo finished with 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting on top of nine rebounds and five steals as the Hoosiers (24-3) grabbed solo spot in the Big Ten Conference with a 12-2 record.
Cody Zeller added 17 points while Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford scored 12 apiece for the Hoosiers, who extended their winning streak to four games after dropping a close 74-72 decision to Illinois Feb. 7.
Harris scored 19 points while Adreian Payne added 17 for the Spartans, whose five-game winning run came to a screeching halt.
The Hoosiers shot 27-for-61 for 44.3 percent while the Spartans made 24 of 56 attempts for 42.9 percent clip.
Indiana made eight of 18 tries from beyond the arc compared to Michigan State’s four triples from 15 attempts.
The Hoosiers led by as many as eight points, 32-24, in the first half after a jumper by Watford.
In the second half, Indiana led by 45-38 with 15:56 left but Michigan State snatched a 67-63 lead with 1:38 remaining.