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EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Ohio State men’s basketball team dropped a 62-44 contest to No. 11 Michigan State Sunday afternoon at the Breslin Center. The Buckeyes fall to 16-9 overall and 6-8 in the Big Ten while the Spartans improve to 21-5, 12-3 in conference play.
Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 12 points and nine boards while Matt McQuaid paced Michigan State with 14 points.
After Michigan State’s Nick Ward scored the opening basket of the game, the Buckeyes scored the next seven to take a 7-2 lead at the 15:26 mark of the first half. Ohio State then pushed its lead to 14-5 on a Wesson layup with 12:40 remaining but a 15-4 Spartan run capped off by a McQuaid 3-pointer gave Michigan State a 20-18 lead with 5:38 left to play. However, Ohio State closed the half on a 13-5 spurt to take a 31-25 lead at the break.
Wesson led Ohio State with eight points at the half while Ward paced Michigan State with nine. The Buckeyes held a 16-6 advantage in points in the paint while limiting the Spartans to 9-for-29 (31 percent) shooting in the opening 20 minutes.
The Spartans came out of the break on a 7-1 run, knotting the score at 32-32 on a Cassius Winston jumper with 14:49 left to play. The contest remained tied at 42-42 after a C.J. Jackson 3-pointer with 7:26 remaining but Michigan State held the Buckeyes without a field goal from that point on, closing the game on a 20-2 spurt to come away with the victory.
For the game, Ohio State held a 20-14 lead in points in the paint but the Spartans recorded a 16-5 advantage in points off turnovers.
Ohio State hosts Northwestern at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.