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College Basketball: No. 25 Iowa defeats No. 24 Michigan State, 86-60

IOWA CITY – No. 25 Iowa defeated No. 24 Michigan State, 86-60, Tuesday night in a festive Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Tonight’s victory is No. 500 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is 500-151 all-time at the venue over the last 39 years. Iowa is 14-3 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena this season.

The Hawkeyes have won three straight in the series over Michigan State for the first time since the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.

Iowa has defeated the Spartans by a combined 56 points in its last two victories – 88-58 on Feb. 13, 2021, in East Lansing and 86-60 tonight. Iowa has won by 26+ points in the last two meetings.

The 26-point victory is the largest margin in Iowa City since 1996 (83-47).

Tonight’s win was Iowa’s second straight win over a ranked opponent (W, 75-62 over No. 18 Ohio State on Feb. 19). Iowa has won consecutive games over ranked opponents for the first time since beating No. 19 Northwestern and at No. 14 Rutgers last season.

Iowa led 46-32 at the half. The Hawkeyes’ 46 first-half points were the most Michigan State has allowed in the first half this season and the third-most it has allowed in a half this season.

Sophomore Keegan Murray finished with a game-high 28 points, making 10-of-15 field goals, including two 3-pointers. Murray, who scored 18 points in the first half, has scored 25 or more in an NCAA-best 12 games this season.

The Hawkeyes made 12 3-point field goals, shooting 42.9 percent from long range. Iowa has made 10 or more 3s in three of the last five games and in 10 contests this season. Michigan State entered the game with a Big Ten-best 30.2 percent 3-point defense.

Sophomore Kris Murray tied a career-high with three 3-point field goals.

Iowa won the rebounding battle, 44-43. The Hawkeyes are 16-0 this season when out-rebounding their opponents.

Michigan State attempted four free throws (two makes) – season lows in both categories. They are a season low total by a Hawkeye opponent.

Iowa went on a 10-0 run in the first half and a 12-0 run in the second half. It was the team’s 21st and 22nd runs of 10 or more in 27 games.

Today’s meeting was the only regular season meeting between Iowa and Michigan State.

Two-time National Player of the Year Luka Garza was in attendance and had his No. 55 retired at halftime. Iowa also retired the jerseys of Hawkeye greats Charles “Chuck” Darling, Roy Marble and Murray Wier prior to the game.

Iowa (19-8, 9-7) travels to Lincoln to face Nebraska on Friday at Pinnacle Arena. Tipoff is set for 8:07 p.m. (CT).

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