BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — MSU trails 44-38 for two reasons: Its eight turnovers, at least five of which led directly to Indiana points (three of them fast-break dunks); and the foul trouble to Keith Appling and Gary Harris.
MSU’s starting backcourt missed the final five minutes of the first half, each sitting with two fouls. Appling picked up his second foul and sat three minutes earlier.
In their place, Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine and made several defensive mistakes, leading to at least three of Indiana’s six 3-pointers.
Adreian Payne is outplaying Cody Zeller and IU’s guards Hulls and reserve Will Sheehey need favorable athletic matchups to score.
If Appling and Harris can keep themselves in this game, MSU has a shot.
More after the game.