In its first home game since the deadly shootings on campus that killed three students and hospitalized five others, the Michigan State Spartans pulled off an upset.
Michigan State defeated No. 17 Indiana 80-65 Tuesday night at the Breslin Center, shaking off a slow start to move to 17-10 on the season.
“It was definitely a emotional,” senior Spartans guard Tyson Walker said. “Everybody was involved in some way because everybody’s on campus. So, it was definitely good to go out there and play well for everybody.”
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Just eight days after the shooting, the arena held a moment of silence and recognized the victims, survivors and first responders before the game.
“I wish I could have ran up to that top row and thank the people that were there,” Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said.
Once the game started, Michigan State quickly fell behind the Hoosiers, down 22-13 with just over six minutes to play in the first half.
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However, the Spartans closed the half on a 22-7 run, taking a 35-29 lead into the locker room and never looking back.
The Spartans got 23 points from Walker and 22 points from junior guard A.J. Hoggard, shooting 47.6% from beyond the three-point line as a team.
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Following the deadly shooting, Michigan State’s game against Minnesota was postponed.
The Spartans played against Michigan in its return to the court, losing 84-72.
Michigan State heads to Iowa on Saturday while Indiana will play No. 5 Purdue on the road.