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Jan. 21, 2001

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By LARRY LAGE
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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.