The stage was set on Tuesday night, but the outcome was not what the Michigan State Spartans and their fans had hoped for.
The Indiana Hoosiers went on the road on Tuesday and snapped a 22-year drought in East Lansing, defeating the Spartans by a final score of 72-68. The victory for Indiana marked their first such victory at the Breslin Center since 1991, as a crucial 9-1 advantage late ultimately aided the win.
With a raucous crowd in the building and ESPN‘s Magic Johnson on the call, it was a night that separated college basketball from the rest. Johnson, a Michigan State alum in his own right, commented the game and actually got quite the flashback from Spartans’ freshman guard Denzel Valentine.
Valentine, a 6-foot-5 native of Michigan, cued his inner Magic Johnson on Tuesday night with one highlight reel, no-look dish for two. Valentine recovered a loose ball and attacked the paint only to pull up and dish to his left while looking right.
The Indiana defense was fooled on this particular play as Michigan State fans got a glimpse into the past on the assist.
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Valentine finished the game with six points, seven rebounds and three assists, but no stat was more impressive than the dish above. The outcome however, is one that will certainly sting as the Hoosiers completed the season sweep by snapping their drought in East Lansing.
Michigan State fell to 22-5 overall with the loss.
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