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Michigan State suffers first loss

IOWA CITY, Iowa (TSX) --- The Iowa Hawkeyes began Big Ten play with the most signature of victories Tuesday, upsetting top-ranked Michigan State 83-70 inside a sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa's win snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Spa...

IOWA CITY, Iowa (TSX) ­- The Iowa Hawkeyes began Big Ten play with the most signature of victories Tuesday, upsetting top-ranked Michigan State 83-70 inside a sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa's win snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Spartans and was the Hawkeyes' first win over a No. 1-ranked opponent since defeating Connecticut during the 1999-2000 season.
In previous meetings with Michigan State, Iowa wilted during the second half. But it didn't happen this time around. Senior guard Mike Gesell wouldn't let it. The South Sioux City, Neb., native led the charge with 25 points, 17 of which came during the last 20 minutes, and he did shooting 7-of-10 from the floor and 11-of-13 from the free-throw line.
Playing its first game since the passing of head coach Tom Izzo's father Carl on Dec. 28, the Spartans found success inside with senior forward Matt Costello, who finished with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting. He also had seven rebounds.
Both teams play their next games on the road Jan. 2. Michigan State travels to Minnesota, while Iowa visits No. 14 Purdue.

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