Michigan State rallies to win at Iowa

Branden Dawson scored a career-high 17 points, including a late steal and tiebreaking dunk that helped No. 22 Michigan State hold off Iowa 62-59 on Thursday night. Gary Harris had 14 points for the Spartans (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten), who hung on late for their eighth win in nine games.

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FINAL: Iowa’s trouble at the free throw line came back to haunt it against No. 18 Michigan State. The Hawkeyes shot 60 percent from the line in a 62-59 loss on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Zach McCabe lead Iowa (11-5) in the loss with 15 points, seven rebounds, and 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Branden Dawson sparked Michigan State (13-3), as he contributed 17 points, pulled down six rebounds, and made 7-of-12 shots from the floor in the win. Adreian Payne nailed 5-of-7 shots from the field and scored 10 points. The Spartans also got double-digit contributions from Keith Appling (12 points) and Gary Harris (14 points). Melsahn Basabe was 5-of-5 from the floor and chipped in 14 points for the Hawkeyes. Iowa shared the ball to the tune of 18 assists on 23 baskets. The Hawkeyes also got a double-digit effort from Aaron White (11 points). Iowa was winning 13-12 early in the game before it went on a 13-2 run to extend its lead to 12 points in the first. Eric May finished the run off with a field goal, which helped Iowa lead 28-24 at halftime.

HALFTIME:  Aaron White has six points on 3-of-3 shooting to lead Iowa to a 28-24 lead over No. 18 Michigan State at the end of the first half. The Hawkeyes led by as many as 12 points in the first half and never trailed. Iowa distributed the ball well, with nine assists on 13 field goals in the first half. The Spartans shared the ball, finishing with seven assists on 10 field goals in the first half. Adreian Payne is putting together a nice game so far for Michigan State. The junior has four points and four rebounds.








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Doug on 1/10/2013 @ 9:12pm EDT Said:

MSU only shot 62% from the free throw line, State clamped down on defense. Nice come from behind win. Remember, Indiana only beat Iowa by 4 at Iowa. Iowa is much better at home than on the road.

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