January 24, 1999
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Mateen Cleaves had 16 points and 13 assists Sunday to lead No. 11 Michigan State to a 73-59 win over 18th-ranked Indiana, which started fast before a bad second half.
Cleaves had a 3-pointer and three-point play as Michigan State pulled away in a second half that saw the Hoosiers go scoreless for more than eight minutes.
Michigan State, which has won five straight overall and leads the Big Ten, opened a 61-46 lead with a 14-1 run that ended on a 3-pointer by Jason Klein with 7:41 left.
The Spartans (16-4, 5-1 Big Ten) led 47-45 before Indiana's Kirk Haston scored on a layup with 16 minutes to play. Michigan State then scored 11 consecutive points, capped by a Cleaves 3-pointer.
Indiana (16-6, 3-4) didn't get another field goal until 7:41 remained. The Hoosiers' leading scorer, Luke Recker, ended his team's drought on a free throw with 7:55 left. It was the only point the sophomore scored in the game; he missed six shots from the field.
A.J. Guyton topped Indiana with 23 points and Haston had 11. Reserve Morris Peterson and Jason Klein had 13 apiece for the Spartans, who had lost six straight at Assembly Hall.
Despite shooting 63 percent in the first half, Indiana trailed 38-34 at the break after nearly wiping away a 16-point deficit. The Hoosiers shot 38 percent (11-for-29) in the second half while Michigan State was shot 52 percent (13-for-25).
Michigan State came out fast and opened a 28-14 lead on a three-point play by Charlie Bell with 8:04 left in the first half. Peterson sparked the early run by Michigan State with nine consecutive points.
Guyton scored 14 straight points, including two consecutive 3-pointers, within a four-minute span. After going scoreless for the game's first 13 minutes, the guard began his run with 6:46 left in the half with Indiana down 30-14. His jumper with 2:55 remaining left Indiana trailing 34-28 and his 16th point of the half reduced Michigan State's lead to 36-34.
Guyton was the only Indiana starter on the court during the comeback run and sensing he had the hot hand, his teammates kept getting the ball to him. He was 6-of-8 from the field in the opening half, when Indiana made 14 of 22 attempts.
The Hoosiers were hurt by 11 turnovers in the first half. Michigan State scored 15 of its points following Indiana turnovers.
Michigan State wound up scoring 22 points following 18 Indiana turnovers.
By HANK LOWENKRON
AP Sports Writer