February 20, 2013

Poor start blamed for loss, not free throws

EAST LANSING - Michigan State squandered an excellent chance to gain control of the Big Ten race, and the inside track toward an eighth conference title for Tom Izzo, when the Spartans missed three late free throws and allowed No. 1 ranked Indiana to rally to 72-68 victory over MSU, Tuesday at Breslin Center.

Michigan State point guard Keith Appling missed the front end of a one-and-one with the Spartans leading 67-66 with 1:08 remaining.

Seconds earlier, with 1:38 left and MSU up 67-63, the Spartans missed a chance to extend the lead to four when freshman guard Gary Harris missed one of two free throws.

Then, after an Indiana rally, MSU trailed by three with 3.7 seconds left when Harris was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He missed the first one - setting off sighs in the sold-out arena - and after making the second, he deliberately missed the third.

Indiana got the rebound, and the Hoosiers hit two free throws to seal the win.

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