EAST LANSING, Mich. – In a game that featured nine ties and 10 lead changes, Michigan State had the final push and pulled out a 68-65 victory Thursday evening at the Breslin Center.
Four Buckeyes scored in double figures led by Aaliyah Patty with 12 points and nine rebounds. Jacy Sheldon had 11 points in the first half to give the Buckeyes a five-point edge at the break. Then in the second half, Rebeka Mikulasikova scored nine of her 11 points to help spur the Buckeye comeback. Madison Greene was the fourth Buckeye in double figures with 10 points.
Ohio State led 31-26 at the break but MSU came out of the locker room and outscored the Buckeyes 22-13 in the third quarter to take a 48-44 into the fourth. OSU kept clawing back and tied the game at 58-58 and took a pair of two point leads late in the quarter. But the Spartans scored the final five points and came away with the victory.
Nia Clouden led all scorers with 20 points and six assists.
Both teams are now 10-7 overall and 3-3 in the conference while the Spartans remain undefeated at home this season.
MSU shot 60 percent in the second half and was 5-of-8 from long range. The Spartans seemed to make the big shot when they needed to answer the Buckeyes’ surges.
Mikulasikova was 4-of-4 on the night and her lone three of the night came with 3:15 to play and pulled the Buckeyes even at 61-61.
The Buckeyes come home to host Illinois this Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. Ohio State has won five-straight against the Illinois and has scored 78 or more points in each of those five wins.