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Jan. 4, 2001

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State lost its second consecutive game in the final seconds of play, this time 62-60, as visitors at Michigan State. The loss drops the Buckeyes’ records to 10-3 overall and still in search of their first conference win (0-3). The Spartans improved to 7-7, 1-1.

The Buckeyes were led by reserve forward DiDi Reynolds (So., Portage, Ohio) with 14 points. Guard Jamie Lewis (Sr., Oak Hill, Ohio) finished with 11 points and nine assists. Forward D’wan Shackleford (So., Newark, Ohio) paced the squad with nine rebounds.

Sophomore center LaToya Turner (Pickerington, Ohio) posted seven points over nine minutes of play in the first half before exiting the game permanently with a left knee sprain and 6:32 to play.

Ohio State enjoyed a 10-point lead at halftime (41-31) but Michigan State stormed back from the start of the second half with Becky Cummings scoring six points in a 10-2 run that cut the lead to five, 48-43, and 15:25 remaining.

The Buckeyes stretched the lead back out to nine (54-45) but a second MSU rally, 11-2, capped by two free throws by reserve guard Christie Pung, evened the score at 56 with just over five minutes left.

Baskets by Lewis and Shackleford offset a Donita Johnson free throw to put OSU up by three (60-57) but Johnson, hitting her only trey of the game, tied things up again with just under three minutes to play. The Spartans capitalized off an OSU turnover with a put-back by Julie Pagel for the go-ahead basket, 62-60. Buckeye Courtney Coleman, going to the line with 2.9 seconds left, was unable to convert her two attempts. Pagel led two other Spartans in double figures with 17 points. She and three other teammates collected six rebounds each.

Ohio State continues on the road this weekend, playing at Northwestern Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.