Michigan State basketball fumbles it away at home vs. Iowa, 78-71

EAST LANSING — Missed layups. Mishandled passes.

Another missed opportunity for Michigan State basketball.

Iowa entered Breslin Center on Tuesday night as the aggressor, jumping out to a 16-point lead early in the second half and withstanding the Spartans’ repeated attempts to recover to hand MSU a 78-71 loss.

MSU (17-10, 9-7 Big Ten) went 10-for-20 from 3-point range but just 17-for-40 inside the arc, blowing a bunch of bunnies around the basket — the Spartans missed eight layups, not including short jumpers that rimmed out — and struggling to defend the interior against the Hawkeyes (16-11, 8-8). Iowa finished with a 40-28 scoring advantage in the paint and turned eight Spartan turnovers into 14 points.

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