Feb. 27, 2016
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Jasmine Hines scored a career-high 36 points in her final home game, and Tori Jankoska made three free throws in the final 39 seconds of the third overtime to lift No. 20 Michigan State to a 107-105 victory over No. 5 Ohio State, denying the Buckeyes a chance to celebrate a Big Ten title Saturday.
Kelsey Mitchell scored a career-high 48 points for Ohio State (23-6, 15-3), which is on the verge of losing the conference championship in agonizing fashion. The Buckeyes also lost in overtime to Minnesota earlier in the week, and now they need No. 6 Maryland (26-3, 15-2) to lose to Minnesota on Sunday in order to share the title.
Mitchell’s three-point play put Ohio State up 105-104 with 41.4 seconds remaining, but Jankoska was fouled in the backcourt and made two free throws to put the Spartans (22-7, 13-5) back ahead.
Jankoska added another free throw with 2.1 seconds left.
The 6-foot-3 Hines had never scored more than 24 points in a game for Michigan State, but the Spartans repeatedly found her down low against an Ohio State team that defended aggressively with a full-court press.
Hines scored inside with 8 seconds left in the first overtime to tie it at 83, and Mitchell couldn’t convert at the other end. It was Hines who kept Michigan State’s offense afloat on a day star Aerial Powers went 8 of 27 from the field. Powers still ended up with quite a stat line: 23 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists, eight turnovers, four steals and two blocks in 53 minutes.
With the Spartans up 106-105, Powers stole the ball from Mitchell and looked like she was in the clear for a layup, but she somehow lost the ball out of bounds at the last instant, giving Ohio State another chance to take the lead.
Michigan State kept Mitchell from driving to the basket, and her two attempts from beyond the arc were off target. Jankoska’s free throw made it a two-point game, and she appeared to miss her second shot intentionally, giving the Buckeyes little time to get any kind of shot off.
Ohio State: Mitchell’s previous career high was 42 points. She finished Saturday’s game with eight rebounds, five assists and 10 turnovers.
Michigan State: Hines played 52 minutes and Jankoska played 53. Jankoska scored 20 points.
Ohio State will be seeded either No. 1 or No. 2 in the Big Ten tournament. Michigan State will be the No. 3 seed.
Ohio State Individual Notes
Ohio State Team Notes