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BLOOMINGTON – Indiana couldn't overcome scoring droughts in the first half and Michigan State's quick start to the second half.

The Hoosiers dropped their Big Ten home opener 73-56 to the No. 5 Spartans on Saturday at Assembly Hall.

Michigan State (13-1, 2-0) went on a 7-1 run to push its halftime lead from 33-24 to 40-25 in the opening 2 ½ minutes of the second half.

The Spartans run came after the Hoosiers (10-5, 0-2) didn't get a point in the final 2:56 of the opening half. IU also went more than 4 ½ minutes without a point early in the first half.

IU was only able to cut its deficit to 8 in the second half, and Michigan State's Gary Harris all but sealed the win with 8:17 to play.

Harris hit a 3-pointer and was fouled by IU's Stanford Robinson, who argued the call and was hit with a technical. Harris sank 1 of 2 free throws from the tech, then sank another free throw for a 5-point play and a 55-41 lead.

Michigan State scored 22 points off 15 IU turnovers, and the Hoosiers went 19 of 48 from the field. The Spartans hit 28 of 59 shots and 7 of 11 3-pointers.

Yogi Ferrell scored 17 for IU. Will Sheehey had 13, and Robinson added 11.

Harris scored 26 for Michigan State, and Keith Appling and Branden Dawson added 14 and 13 points.

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