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Victor Oladipo outshines Gary Harris in Indiana win over Spartans

Indiana's Cody Zeller (40) Yogi Ferrell (11) celebrate after defeating Michigan State 75-70 an NCAA college basketball game Sunday Jan.

Indiana's Cody Zeller (40) and Yogi Ferrell (11) celebrate after defeating Michigan State 75-70 in an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Updated: March 1, 2013 7:18PM



BLOOMINGTON — After spurning both Indiana and Purdue for Michigan State, last year’s Indiana Mr. Basketball, Gary Harris, has had his biggest games against the state’s two Big Ten schools.

Unfortunately for the Spartans, Harris’ best wasn’t good enough Sunday against No. 7 Indiana.

Victor Oladipo scored 21 points to lead the Hoosiers (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten) past Michigan State 75-70.

“Oladipo, you’ve got to love the guy. He competes,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.

“Gary Harris, for all the abuse he took, was phenomenal,” Izzo said after his star freshman missed several minutes late in the game after getting hit in the face. Harris also heard plenty from IU fans upset at his decision to choose Michigan State over Indiana.

“The kid is tougher than nails,” Izzo said. “He took a serious beating and made some big shots.”

Harris, who had 22 points in a Jan. 5 win over Purdue, scored 21 on Sunday, including a 3-pointer with 4:44 to play in the first half that put the Spartans (17-4, 6-2) ahead 31-30.

It was Michigan State’s last lead, as Harris’ predecessor as the state’s top high school basketball player, Cody Zeller, made the biggest plays in the final moments.

With the Hoosiers ahead 72-70, Zeller blocked a shot by Derrick Nix; drove for a layup with the shot clock winding down to put IU ahead by four; and with 14 seconds left, drew a charge on Adreian Payne to give the ball back to the Hoosiers.

“He went out and executed,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said of Zeller. “He was 30 feet from the bucket and drove it with his left hand.

“He’s so non-statistics-driven, and that’s what makes him a winner,” Crean added.

Zeller had another subpar offensive night, scoring nine points while shooting 2-of-7 from the field and 5-of-6 at the free throw line.

“Zeller isn’t going to have many games like that,” Izzo said.

“People might say he’s had a bad game, he’s had two bad games, but he’s leading us,” said Oladipo, who led the Hoosiers with a season-high 21 points.

Oladipo also had career highs in steals (six) and blocked shots (three).

“That’s just Victor now. .. He brings a lot of energy. Not only that, he gets us open by the way he attacks the basket,” Christian Watford said.

“I thought we did a pretty good job on Zeller, but other guys hurt us,” Izzo said.

Watford had 12 points, his 10th straight game scoring in double digits; Yogi Ferrell scored 11 and Jordan Hulls added 10 points for the Hoosiers.

Payne added 18 points for the Spartans, whose six-game losing streak came to an end. Branden Dawson scored 12 on 6-of-10 shooting.



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