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Center Joey Brunk and guard Al Durham made big baskets down the stretch Thursday night, lifting host Indiana to a 67-63 upset win over No. 11 Michigan State in Bloomington, Ind.
Durham hit a 3-pointer with 1:52 remaining, breaking a 60-60 tie to put the Hoosiers up 63-60. Then, after Xavier Tillman made an inside basket to cut Indiana's lead to 63-62, Brunk made a putback basket with a minute left to put Indiana up 65-62.
Down 65-63, Michigan State had a chance to tie the score and send it to overtime, but Cassius Winston missed a drive to the basket and Tillman missed an open putback. Indiana freshman Jerome Hunter was fouled and made two free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining.
Brunk led the Hoosiers (15-4, 5-3 Big Ten) with 14 points. Freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis added 12 points and Durham had 11 points.
Winston led Michigan State with 17 points and five assists, with forward Aaron Henry adding 12 points.
Michigan State (14-5, 6-2) rallied from down seven points at halftime, going up 51-48 with 11:06 left in the second half on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Rocket Watts. The Spartans made five of their first six 3-point attempts in the second half. But they were unable to maintain the lead.
Indiana got off to a strong start, building an early 18-4 lead.
The Hoosiers maintained went up 27-14 on an inside basket by Jackson-Davis with 7:19 left in the half. But Michigan State answered behind Henry, who made a pair of 3-pointers during a 10-0 run that cut Indiana's lead to 27-24.
Indiana led 32-24 on an inside basket from sophomore forward Race Thompson, who provided a lift off the bench with four points and four rebounds before leaving the game late in the first half with an injury after taking a hard foul from Tillman.
Marcus Bigham Jr. hit a 3-pointer for Michigan State with 25 seconds left in the half to cut Indiana's lead to 34-30. But the Hoosiers answered with a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Durham, their first 3 of the game, to go up 37-30 at halftime.
--Field Level Media