But it couldn't have possibly come closer.
The Iowa Hawkeyes will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games, including an 82-58 road loss to Penn State in their last outing.
Next up on the schedule for MSU is a high profile matchup with No. 3 Purdue (23-2, 12-0) on Saturday at the Breslin Center.
The men's basketball team (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten) erased a eight-point second-half deficit to take down the Iowa Hawkeyes (12-14, 3-10) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 96-93, to win its seventh consecutive game.
In fact, the Hawkeyes were whistled for 22 fouls to the Spartans' 19 and Michigan State shot 10 more free throws than Iowa.
"I thought he did some good things, had a big block but struggled a little bit too", Izzo said.
"The five games in 12 days is really taking a toll on us", Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.
"I hope you all enjoyed the offensive fireworks tonight, " he said.
"I think we played our behinds off", Tyler Cook said.
"We got back in the locker room and I told the guys this proves we can play with anyone in the country", said Bohannon. The Spartans are also shooting 41.4% from the 3-point line and 73.7% from the foul line this season. Despite having hit just two 3-pointers in his three seasons in East Lansing, Goins still pulled the trigger on a 3-pointer with his team down by two.
Cook, who led Iowa with 26 points, scored inside to reclaim the lead and Nicholas Baer blocked a shot by Cassius Winston but Winston batted away a 3-point try by Bohannon.
He made both free throws to put Michigan State up 92-91 before Iowa called a timeout with 42.5 seconds left.
"He looked exhausted to me, wasn't pushing the ball early", Izzo said. Jordan Bohannon added a team-high 3 assists to match his 3 points in the losing effort for Iowa. Dailey's timely 3-pointers and Pemsl's work in the paint gave Cook and Bohannon time to recharge on the bench. Miles Bridges led the Spartans with 25 points, Nick Ward added 17 and Joshua Langford scored 15. Over his time on the bench, Iowa put together its best stretch of the game, hitting 10-of-12 shots. He had trouble securing the inbounds pass with the Spartan defense draped all over him, and he threw up an air-ball as the shot clock expired. But they got a serious scare from the Hawkeyes in what was supposed to be a tune-up for Saturday's huge home game against the Boilermakers. His 3-point field goal with 8:35 remaining in the half briefly tied the score at 26-26 before Bridges knocked down a 3 of his own at the other end. Once again, a pair of thunderous slams courtesy of the sophomore ignited the Hawkeyes, who outscored the Spartans, 51-48, in the second half.
Moss, who had a quiet first half, got rolling early in the second half, scoring seven quick points.
The #4 Michigan State Spartans will be looking to add to their current 6 game winning streak following a narrow 63-60 win over IN in their last outing.
Iowa hung with Michigan State for the entire game thanks to a well-rounded offensive attack.
The Hawkeyes stayed in front of the Spartans for much of the rest of the way, extending their lead to as many as seven points, until redshirt junior forward Kenny Goins connected on 3-point shot to give MSU a 90-89 advantage with just over two minutes left.
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