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Jan. 28, 1998

Michigan State Handles the Hoosiers, 84-66

No. 22 Spartans Too Much for No. 25 Indiana

Charlie Bell scores 17, matches career-high.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Charlie Bell matched his career high with 17 points Wednesday night to lead five double-figure scorers and No. 22 Michigan State stayed atop the Big Ten standings with an 84-66 victory over No. 25 Indiana.

Michigan State (14-4, 7-1) outrebounded the Hoosiers 48-30 and the Spartans capitalized on 22 Indiana turnovers to score 30 points.

Andre Hutson added 13 points for the Spartans, while Morris Peterson had 11 and Mateen Cleaves and Antonio Smith each scored 10. Cleaves also had a career-high 13 assists.

Freshman Luke Recker had 16 points for Indiana (14-6, 5-3), which had a five-game winning streak snapped. Larry Richardson added 11 points before leaving the game midway through the second half with a shoulder injury.

Michigan State led 51-43 when DuJuan Wiley triggered a 19-3 run with a jump shot with just over 15 minutes remaining.

The Spartans' lead eventually reached 82-53 with 3:46 to play after Cleaves' jumper capped an 11-2 spurt.

Michigan State used a 19-4 run to take its biggest lead of the first half, 28-16, on a putback by David Thomas after a missed free throw by Peterson with 11:38 left.

Indiana closed the gap to 40-35 on a 3-pointer by A.J. Guyton with 1:17 left in the first half, Antonio Smith scored to give Michigan State a 42-35 halftime lead.

Michigan State held a 27-17 edge in rebounding in the first half, including a 12-5 advantage on the offensive boards. The Spartans shot 49 percent from the field while holding the Hoosiers to 39 percent, but Indiana made all six of its free throws, while Michigan State converted only one of seven.

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