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Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:27 pm

Blackmon scores 33 as Hoosiers hold off Spartans

Chris Goff | The Journal Gazette

BLOOMINGTON – James Blackmon Jr. has been coming through for Indiana in major ways during an emotional week.

Three days after he made a game-winning 3-pointer at Penn State, Blackmon matched a career high with 33 points Saturday in the Hoosiers' 82-75 victory over Michigan State at Assembly Hall.

Indiana (14-6, 4-3 Big Ten) earned its third straight win a day after announcing forward OG Anunoby is headed for season-ending surgery on his right knee, which was injured in the 78-75 triumph at Penn State.

The Spartans (12-8, 4-3) cut a 20-point deficit to four on Kenny Goins' dunk with 5:03 remaining. But an Indiana team also playing without forwards Juwan Morgan and Collin Hartman immediately pushed the lead back to seven and never let Michigan State get closer than six after that. It was 44-30 at halftime.

For the Hoosiers, Robert Johnson had 17 points. Thomas Bryant added 11 points and six rebounds, Josh Newkirk finished with five points and five assists, and fill-in Zach McRoberts, who started at power forward, chipped in three points and five boards.

Eron Harris led Michigan State with 21 points. Nick Ward contributed 15 points and six rebounds, and Miles Bridges had 13 points and 10 boards as the Spartans' five-game win streak against IU came to an end.

Up next for Indiana is a road game against Michigan on Thursday.