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White carries Indiana past Michigan St.

Jan 8, 2007 - 3:31 AM BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (Ticker) -- D.J. White might have had his problems with Greg Oden and Ohio State, but Michigan State proved no match.

White scored 21 points as Indiana captured its ninth straight Big Ten Conference home opener with a 73-51 victory over No. 24 Michigan State.

In a 74-67 loss at No. 6 Ohio State on Tuesday, White more than met his match in Oden, mustering just 11 points on 3-of-14 shooting.

"This is a tough conference every year and we didn't want to put ourselves in the hole," said White about the prospects of falling to 0-2 in the Big Ten. "We came out and tried to protect home court. That's what you want to do in this conference, protect your home court."

Against the Spartans, who lacked a true pivot after the departure of Paul Davis to the NBA, White found the going easy, connecting on six of his first seven shots en route to 15 points in the first half.

"D.J. played (great) today," Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson said. "We weren't predictable on the post. He was able to go to both shoulders, and he did it comfortably. He looked good."

"We picked our poison, we didn't want to double D.J.," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "We thought we would do a decent job on him, but he did a heck of a job."

Behind White, Indiana (10-4, 1-1 Big Ten) held a 38-27 lead at intermission and built the advantage up to 22 points at 69-47 with 3:37 to play.

The 6-9 junior finished 8-of-12 from the field and Lance Stemler added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Hoosiers, who beat the Spartans at home for the third straight time.

Travis Walton scored 12 points and Drew Neitzel 10 for Michigan State (13-4, 0-2), which committed 20 turnovers, leading to 24 points for Indiana.

"Our pressure was good tonight," Sampson said. "Our kids were active with their hands."

"The game was decided by their effort in doing certain things and our lack of and that turnovers created a lot of problems," Izzo said. "We just didn't look very good executing."

For the second year in a row, the Spartans dropped their first two league games of the season.

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    MICHIGAN ST (24) 27 24 51
    INDIANA 38 35 73 FINAL

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