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January 27, 1999

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Mateen Cleaves scored 10 of his 16 points in the%^$last 2:09, and Jason Klein sparked a second-half comeback with three 3-pointers%^$as No. 8 Michigan State beat No. 15 Ohio State 76-71 Wednesday night.%^$

Klein and Charlie Bell each finished with 14 points for the Spartans (17-4,%^$6-1 Big Ten).%^$

Michael Redd scored 20 points for the Buckeyes (15-6, 5-3). Scoonie Penn%^$added 17 points, and George Reese scored a career-high 14.%^$

Klein capped a 9-1 run with the first of his 3-pointers to give the Spartans%^$a 51-47 lead with 8:36 left. That came during a stretch of 5:11 in which the%^$Spartans held the Buckeyes without a field goal.%^$

Ohio State, which led 37-33 at halftime, extended the margin to 42-34 with a%^$3-pointer by Redd early in the second half.%^$

Michigan State went ahead 48-46 on Bell’s tip-in off a missed free throw by%^$A.J. Granger with 10:47 left.%^$

The Buckeyes closed to 72-69 on a 3-pointer by Redd with nine seconds left%^$before Michigan State free throws sealed the victory.%^$

The Buckeyes jumped to a 6-0 lead and stayed ahead for most of the first%^$half. Michigan State’s only lead was 23-22 with 5:38 left.