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Jan. 21, 2001

Box Score| Notes

By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Jason Richardson scored 24 points as No. 3 Michigan State beat Ohio State 71-56 Sunday to extend the nation’s longest home winning streak to 40 games.

Michigan State (15-1, 4-1 Big Ten) will play its next three games and five of its next six on the road.

Richardson showed, once again, that he’s more than just a high-flying player who makes spectacular dunks.

He was 9-of-13 overall and 4-of-5 beyond the 3-point line. In the last four games, Richardson has made 13-of-22 beyond the arc.

The Buckeyes (12-6, 3-3) kept the game close for the first 25 minutes, but eventually fell to Michigan State’s superior depth and talent, even without Andre Hutson.

The senior forward, who has started 113 of 121 games in his career, was relegated to his bench as he continues to recover from pneumonia.

Zach Randolph helped make up for the loss with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Adam Ballinger, who replaced Hutson in the lineup, scored 10 points. Charlie Bell also had 10.

Ohio State’s Brian Brown scored 14 points. Boban Savoic had 13 and Ken Johnson added 12 points.

There were four ties over the first several minutes of the game.

Michigan State did take the lead for good midway through the first half, but it struggled to dominate Buckeyes like they it has so many teams at home.

Just five of the last 40 visitors to the Breslin Center have lost by fewer than 10 points.

Richardson made consecutive baskets to give the Spartans a 22-14 lead late in the half, but their lead dwindled to 29-25 at halftime. Richardson scored 12 points in the first 20 minutes after making all five of his shots in the first half, including two 3-pointers. Ohio State cut its deficit to two points twice in the first five minutes of the second half, but each time Michigan State responded with a basket.

When the Buckeyes trailed just 37-35 with 15 minutes left, Richardson scored five straight and eight of the next 10 points to give Michigan State a 45-37 lead with 12:27 left.

Ohio State scored the next point, but was unable to get closer than seven points the rest of the way.