Spartans Dent Hoosiers' Big Ten Hopes

No. 19 Michigan State tops No. 12 IU at home for 14th straight time
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2008 6:12 PM CST
Indiana's Eric Gordon, left, shoots against Michigan State's Goran Suton (14) during the second half of a college basketball game Sunday, March 2, 2008, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 103-74....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Michigan State fans got free tacos and then some, as the Spartans wiped out Indiana 103-74 to finish a perfect 17-0 on their home floor. MSU jumped out to a 28-point halftime lead with 78% shooting, and put it in cruise control through the second half. Raymar Morgan had 20 points, and senior Drew Neitzel had 17 in his final home game as the Spartans celebrated Senior Day, reports AP.

The Hoosiers missed a chance to tie for the Big Ten lead by dropping their 14th straight at the Breslin Center. It was also their first defeat under interim coach Dan Dakich, who took over after Kelvin Sampson's resignation. Eric Gordon scored 22 points and D.J. White 14 to lead IU in its worst defeat since 2004. Despite the Sampson turmoil, the Hoosiers had won four straight Big Ten games and 7 of 8 in the league before today's debacle.