December 28, 2011

V-Cast: Spartans hand Indiana first loss in B10 opener

EAST LANSING - Michigan State extended its winning streak to 12 games and halted Indiana's winning streak at the same with 80-65 victory at the Breslin Center that knocked the Hoosiers from the ranks of unbeaten teams in college basketball.

The Big Ten opener provided an opportunity for sophomore point guard Keith Appling to showcase his high-end ability in all phases of the game.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound McDonald's All-American led the Spartans in scoring with 25 points. The former Detroit Pershing star also ran the offense well for most of the night and finished with seven assists and just two turnovers. But Appling's best performance might have been on defense in holding Indiana point guard Jordan Hulls to four points.

Appling's defense on Hulls helped limit the touches Cody Zeller got in the post. The rest of the equation involved inspired play by Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix. Michigan State's big men helped limit Zeller to a season-low four points. Zeller was scoreless during the first half.

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