Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - No. 8 Michigan State overcame a ten-point deficit at halftime and defeated Iowa 59-56 on Friday in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
Michigan State (25-7), which earned the third seed and a first-round bye in the tourney, will face Ohio State in the semifinals on Saturday.
Adreian Payne had 18 points and 10 rebounds while Keith Appling and Gary Harris scored 13 points apiece for the Spartans.
Mike Gesell led Iowa (21-12) with nine points and Melsahn Basabe had eight points and eight rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who defeated Northwestern, 73-59, in the first round on Thursday.