Jan. 21, 1998

Spartans Knock Off No. 10 Iowa

Game Statistics

Morris Peterson
Morris Peterson scored a career-high 20 points for MSU. (File Photo)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Reserve Morris Peterson scored a career-high 20 points and helped Michigan State survive Mateen Cleaves' subpar shooting as the Spartans beat No. 10 Iowa 78-57 Wednesday night to move into a first-place tie in the Big Ten.

Michigan State (12-4, 5-1) shut down an Iowa team that had been averaging 85 points and was second in the league in field goal percentage. The 57 points were a season-low for Iowa (15-3, 4-2), which managed only 14 points in first 16 minutes of the second half.

The 21-point margin was Michigan State's biggest ever in Iowa City. The Spartans' widest margin previously was 18 points in 1958 and 1964.

Peterson, a sophomore averaging 6.6 points, topped his previous high of 19 points against Detroit and East Tennessee State last season. The left-hander, who wears a wrap to protect a broken bone in his right wrist, was 8-of-11 from the field, including three 3-pointers.

Jason Klein added 14 points for Michigan State and reserve Dujuan Wiley scored 10 on 5-for-5 shooting. Cleaves, averaging a team-leading 16.5 points, finished with 14 points after getting just four in the first half. He shot 4-of-12 but had 10 assists.

Michigan State, now tied with Michigan for first place, was quicker and more athletic than the Hawkeyes and used that edge to get good shots, both inside and on the perimeter. At the other end, the Spartans frequently forced Iowa into tough shots or bad passes.

Iowa also had several close-in shots go in-and-out or hit the front of the rim. The Hawkeyes shot 36.2 percent, committed 18 turnovers and missed 10 of 22 free throws.

Ricky Davis led Iowa with 14 points but was just 5-for-14 from the field and committed seven turnovers. Guy Rucker added 13 points and Ryan Bowen scored 10.

It was Iowa's second loss in three Big Ten home games. The Hawkeyes are 3-0 in the league on the road.

Michigan State rallied from six points down midway through the first half and never trailed after an 11-2 run sent the Spartans into a 36-29 lead with 2:42 left in the half. Wiley had two baskets in that stretch and Peterson made a 3-pointer.

Iowa closed to 38-34 at halftime and drew to 44-43 on Bowen's layup with 14:11 left. But Michigan State scored the next nine points, including a right-handed layup by Peterson, to go up 53-43 and pulled away from there.