Michigan State thumps Iowa, moves on to B1G semifinals

Michigan State was flat out awesome Friday. The Spartans looked more than impressive as they blew out Iowa, 92-75, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo talks to center Adreian Payne (5) in a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the first half of the second round of 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock

It was the most points the Spartans have scored in the Big Ten Tournament. The most scored ever in a Big Ten Tournament game was 94 by Illinois.

The game actual started a bit slow for MSU (25-7), getting down early 7-2 to the Hawkeyes (17-16).

But Iowa’s lead was short lived.

At the 10:24 mark of the first half, the Spartans took a slight edge, 24-22, but after that, the route was on — five minutes later the Spartans led by 16, taking a 55-39 lead at halftime.

MSU shot 70 percent from the field in the first half.

The loss of Branden Dawson didn’t seem to hamper the Spartans, rather, it inspired others to step up their game.

Adreian Payne went for a career high 16 points and Travis Trice (9 points) and Brandon Wood (10 points) each stepped up in the win.

Draymond Green had his usual double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Russell Byrd also had a career-high in the game with eight points.

The second half was about the same as the Spartans won the game by 17 points and it was not even that close.

Up next for Michigan State is a semifinal game Saturday against Wisconsin at 1:40 p.m.

The Spartans have beat the Badgers (24-8) twice this season, first a 63-60 win in Madison in overtime and most recently a 69-55 win in East Lansing

Topics: Big Ten Basketball, Big Ten Tournament, Michigan State, Michigan State Basketball, Michigan State Iowa

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