The Michigan St. Spartans are off to a fine start in their Big Ten opener, leading the Indiana Hoosiers 36-29 at halftime in East Lansing.
Winners of 11 straight games coming into tonight, the Spartans are arguably facing their stiffest test since they dropped the first two games of the season to the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils.
But so far, so good, for the Spartans, who are shooting 55.6 % from the field after one half. Guard Brandon Wood leads Michigan St. with 11 points on 5-7 shooting from the field while Draymond Green has added points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and has hit both of his long-range attempts. Keith Appling has 7 points at the break while backup center Derrick Nix has chipped in with 6 points off the bench for the Spartans.
Michigan St. jumped to a quick 11-4 lead and has not looked back -- in fact, they have led the entire game.
Indiana's perfect 12-0 record is on the line, but they are playing their first road game in almost a month and just the third road game of their season, and so far the results have not been pretty. The Hoosiers are shooting just 40.0 % from the field and have more turnovers (5) than assists (4).