East Lansing, MI -- Victor Oladipo's 1,000th career point may turn out to be the biggest basket of Indiana's season.
The All-America candidate reached the milestone on a tip-in with 43 seconds left, accounting for the go-ahead score as the top-ranked Hoosiers ended a 22- year winless stretch at Michigan State's Breslin Center with a 72-68 triumph over the No. 4 Spartans.
Oladipo finished with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added nine rebounds and five steals, with the well-rounded performance helping Indiana (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) come up with its first win in East Lansing since Feb. 28, 1991. The Hoosiers had lost in each of their l7 visits to the Breslin Center.
More importantly, the victory put Indiana a game ahead of the hard-charging Spartans for sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings and solidified its case for a No. 1 regional seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament -- a feat the program last achieved in 1993.
Cody Zeller also eclipsed the 1,000-point mark with a 17-point effort for the Hoosiers, with Jordan Hulls contributing 12 points on a 4-of-6 success rate from three-point range and Christian Watford chipping in 12 as well.
Gary Harris scored 19 points and Adreian Payne had 17 for Michigan State (22-5, 11-3), with the duo leading the Spartans back from a seven-point deficit early in the second half before MSU ulimately suffered its first defeat since a 75-70 setback to the Hoosiers on Jan. 27.
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