MICHIGAN STATE BEATS OHIO 62-44

For two-thirds of Sunday’s game, the Ohio Buckeyes (16-9, 6-8) were in control.  In the words of an announcer, they wanted it more—the Buckeyes having lost badly to Illinois (63-56) earlier last week.

The Buckeyes set the pace, and Michigan State (21-5, 12-3) was hard-pressed to keep up.  Buckeye forward Kaleb Wesson scored 12 points.  The Buckeyes were shooting 40 percent from the field.  Spartan Cassius Winston’s shooting was not up to par.  Nick Ward left the game after sustaining a hairline fracture to his hand.  By half-time Ohio led by 6 points.

And then the second half came calling.

A three-point jumper by Kenny Goins at 8:12 put the Spartans 42-39.  Buckeye C.J. Jackson responded with a three jumper, tying the score 42-42 again.  And Ohio went cold as Michigan State caught fire.  The Spartans piled on 20 points in 7 minutes.  The Buckeyes had only five shot attempts and six turnovers.

Toward the end Ohio looked ragged and frustrated.  Michigan State fans went wild when Jack Hoiberg made a three-point jumper with 16 seconds left on the clock, ending the score at 62-44 for the Spartans.

Honorable mention goes to Spartan Matt McQuaid for playing like a wild man.  Matt scored 14 points, while Winston scored 13 points.