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Feb. 9, 2005

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Chris Hill, who has been mired in a shooting slump for over a month, went 8-for-10 from the field and scored 26 points to lead No. 13 Michigan State to an 83-69 victory over Ohio State on Wednesday night.

Hill was 6-for-7 from 3-point range and made all four of his free throws in the highest scoring game this season for the Spartans (16-4, 7-2 Big Ten).

Maurice Ager, who was bothered by an illness, scored 18 points on 6-for-7 shooting for the Spartans, while Alan Anderson added 16 points and Paul Davis had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Terence Dials was 10-for-18 from the field and had 22 points for the Buckeyes (16-8, 5-5), who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

The Spartans scored the first six points of the second half to take a 47-43 lead and gradually stretched it by outshooting Ohio State 52.2 percent-34.5 percent from the field over the last 20 minutes.

The Buckeyes led 43-41 at halftime after shooting 63 percent from the field, including a 6-for-8 effort from Dials. Hill had 15 points in the first half.

The Spartans finished with a 40-24 rebounding edge and had 21 assists, including seven by Drew Neitzel in his second start in place of Hill at point guard.