7:30 PM ET, December 28, 2011
Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan
Keith Appling's career-high 25 help Spartans hand Hoosiers first loss
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State coach Tom Izzo loved the fight of his team and knew his Spartans beat Indiana (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) by landing the last knockout punch Wednesday night.Keith Appling scored a career-high 25 points and sparked a 20-0 second-half surge to help the Spartans (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) hand the Hoosiers their first loss of the season, 80-65."We got a lot of basketball out of a lot of players," Izzo said after Michigan State's 12th straight win, a game of wild swings. "I thought Keith did a great job of pushing the ball. And he came back strong when he really needed to."Appling, who had 18 points in the second half, had seven assists, six rebounds and played some snug defense for the Spartans (12-2, 1-0 Big Ten).
Division I Unbeaten Teams
After Monday's games, four of the 345 Division I teams remain unbeaten.
|• No. 1 Syracuse||• No. 5 Baylor|
|• No. 6 Mizzou||• No. 18 Murray St.|
|*Rankings from ESPN/USA Today poll|
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||27-64 (.422)||29-53 (.547)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-17 (.353)||5-13 (.385)|
|FT Made-Attempted||5-9 (.556)||17-22 (.773)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|