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No. 11 Michigan State pulls away from Indiana

Draymond Green scored 14 points and Kalin Lucas added 13 to lead No. 11 Michigan State past Indiana 72-58 on Tuesday night. It was the second straight win for the Spartans (21-6, 11-3) who took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. No. 9 Ohio State trails Michigan State by one-half game and hosts No. 4 Purdue on Wednesday. Verdell Jones had 20 points and Christian Watford added 14 for the Hoosiers (9-16, 3-10), who lost their seventh straight. Indiana coach Tom Crean has lost all three head-to-head matchups with Tom Izzo, who had Crean on his Michigan State staff for four seasons. This one was a slugfest with the teams combining for 43 fouls. Indiana went the final 10:16 of the first half without a field goal, and yet Michigan State couldn't pull away until the game's final 7 minutes. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)