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CHICAGO, Ill. – The No. 8 seed Ohio State men’s basketball team fell to top-seeded Michigan State, 77-70, Friday afternoon in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal matchup at the United Center in Chicago. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 19-14 on the year and will await their postseason fate. The Spartans improve to 26-6.
For the second consecutive game, Keyshawn Woods led Ohio State in scoring with 16 points while Andre Wesson added 14. Michigan State’s Cassius Winson poured in a game-high 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists while Foster Loyer scored 14 and Matt McQuaid added 12.
Michigan State held a 36-30 lead after a tightly-contested first half. The Buckeyes took a 15-11 lead on a C.J. Jackson 3-pointer at the 10:38 mark but the Spartans scored the next six to go up 17-15 with 8:55 left to play in the half. Consecutive threes from Andre Wesson helped Ohio State regain the lead at 25-23 with 4:58 remaining but Michigan State, closed the half on a 13-5 run sparked by Winston and Loyer.
Woods led Ohio State with 10 points at the half while Loyer paced Michigan State with nine and Winston chipped in with eight.
Ohio State opened the second half on a 10-2 run, capped by a Kaleb Wesson 3-pointer, over the first 3:09 to take a 40-38 advantage but the Spartans again were able to answer. With Michigan State up 51-46 with 11:41 to play, the Spartans outscored the Buckeyes 24-8 over the next 7:20 to go up 75-54 with 4:21 left. However, the Buckeyes continued to chip away at the Michigan State lead, using 3-pointers from Andre Wesson and Luther Muhammad and a layup from Duane Washington Jr. to make it a 75-70 contest with nine second left but Winston was fouled and hit a pair of free throws to send the Spartans to the semifinals.
For the game, the Buckeyes connected on 12 3-pointers but were unable to overcome the hot-shooting Spartans, who connected on 26-of-50 (52 percent) attempts from the field.