BLOOMINGTON -- Victor Oladipo showed once again why he's Indiana's MVP, and perhaps in the Big Ten, with a dominating performace to lead No. 7 Indiana past No. 13 Michigan State 75-70 and into the Big Ten lead.
The Hoosiers are 6-1 in the Big Ten to Michigan State's 6-2.
Oladipo had 21 points, seven rebounds and six steals to pace IU (18-2 overall) to its third straight victory.
Michigan State (17-4 overall) had its six-game winning streak snapped. It was led by Gary Harris' 21 points.
IU won despite another sub-par offensive showing by Cody Zeller. The Hoosiers' leading scorer had nine points (seven below his average) on 2-for-7 shooting. He added six rebounds. He also had a big defensive play in the closing seconds to help IU hold on.
Oladipo set an instant tone with a steal and a dunk barely 20 seconds into the game. The Hoosiers would attack at every opportunity. That helped them build leads as large as nine before Michigan State rallied behind Adreian Payne, a 6-10 center who hadn't previously displayed much of a three-point shooting inclination. He went 2-for-2 beyond the arc, had a spectacular reverse dunk and paced the Spartans to a 38-38 tie in the half's final minute.
But Will Sheehey and Yogi Ferrell hit three-points to give IU a 44-38 halftime lead.
Oladipo was the leader with eight points, four rebounds and four steals. Sheehey came off the bench for eight points. Zeller got his first basket in 50 minutes of action to total six points and six rebounds.
Payne had 13 points, four above his season average.
Harris hit a pair of early three-pointers to keep Michigan State within range early in the second half.
That's where it stayed. Oladipo and Harris traded big baskets and big plays. IU had the lead, but no control.
Foul trouble cost Michigan State its point guard, Keith Appling, and forced coach Tom Izzo into various player combinations.
Finally, with less than 90 seconds remaining, Zeller got the ball outside and drove for a layup. IU led 74-70. With 14.3 seconds left, Payne drove for a layup, but Zeller stepped in to take the charge, and wipe out the basket.
The Hoosiers would hold on.