Iowa 79, Michigan St. 65
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Greg Stokes scored 27 points to lead Iowa to a 79-65 victory over 19th- ranked Michigan State Thursday night in Big Ten college basketball.
The Hawkeyes, 3-1 in the Big Ten and 14-3 overall, led all the way. But it was an eight-point burst - six by forward Al Lorenzen - that gave the Hawkeyes a 48-35 lead with 10:59 left in the second half and put the game away.
The Hawkeyes hit on 23 of 27 free throws in the second half to keep Michigan State at bay. Lorenzen, who finished with 15 points, was nine of 10 from the line in that span.
The loss, Michigan State’s second straight after falling to Illinois on Saturday, drops the Spartans to 3-2 and 12-3.
Guard Scott Skiles paced Michigan State with 25 points, while guard Sam Vincent was the only other Spartan in double figures with 19.
In the first half, Iowa broke a 14-14 tie with a 12-1 spurt to take a 26-15 lead with 6:33 left. The Spartans missed 11 straight field goal attempts in that Hawkeye surge and trailed 32-27 at intermission.