EAST LANSING, Mich. – Denzel Valentine was calm on a court filled with relative chaos, taking shots when they were there and making passes when a teammate had a better look.
Valentine had 30 points, 13 assists and only one turnover to help No. 8 Michigan State pull away to beat Indiana 88-69 Sunday — Valentine's Day.
Spartans coach Tom Izzo was told he should schedule more games on Valentine's Day even though his star is in his last season of college eligibility. The national Player of the Year candidate, meanwhile, dismissed the significance of playing well on the holiday that bears his name — last year, he hit the winning basket on Feb. 14 to beat Ohio State.
"It wasn't even about that," Valentine said. "It was just about getting the win. We lost Tuesday and felt we should've won that game."
The Spartans (21-5, 8-5 Big Ten) bounced back from a one-point loss in overtime at No. 18 Purdue. Matt Costello scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and fellow Michigan State senior Bryn Forbes had 14 points.
"Our three seniors were the difference in the game," Izzo said.
The Spartans, who trailed by 10 points 7:58 before halftime, closed the first half with a 9-0 run. They went on a 24-3 run to go ahead by 17 midway through the second half.
The Hoosiers (20-6, 10-3) fell out of a tie for first place in the Big Ten with No. 4 Iowa, which they beat at home on Thursday.