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By RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Maurice Ager came off the bench to tie his career high with 18 points and Michigan State shot 73.3 percent from the field to beat Ohio State 84-70 on Saturday.
The Spartans, who shot 81 percent in the first half, missed their final four shots of the game or they would have set school and Big Ten accuracy records and could have broken the NCAA mark of 81.4 percent set by New Mexico against Oregon State in 1985.
Michigan State (12-8, 7-2 Big Ten) ended up 33 of 45 from the field.
Chris Hill added 16 points, Kelvin Torbert had 15, Alan Anderson 12 and Paul Davis 10 for Michigan State, which has won four in a row and seven of the last eight.
Ager hit 7 of 9 shots from the field, Hill made 6 of 8, Torbert was 6 of 7, Anderson made all four of his shots and Davis was 4 for 5.
Ohio State shot 20 free throws before the Spartans went to the line for the first time, 3:38 into the second half.
The Buckeyes (11-11, 3-6), who had won two in a row, never got closer than 11 points in the second half after falling behind by as many as 20.
Tony Stockman scored 18 points, Velimir Radinovic had 17, Terence Dials 13 and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham 10 for Ohio State, which has lost three in a row to the Spartans in Value City Arena.
With just under 5 minutes left, Michigan State was 33 of 41 from the field for 80.5 percent and was on pace to break the school (73.8 percent) and Big Ten (75.5 percent) records. The Buckeyes took three more attempts from the field and shot a respectable 44 percent but never got the lead under double digits in the game’s final 32 minutes.
After Stockman hit a 3-pointer to open the game, the Spartans put on a clinic. They made 10 of their first 11 shots to build a 22-10 lead, and didn’t miss their second shot – a layup by Jason Andreas – until midway through the half.
What made the 48-30 halftime lead even more surprising was that Ohio State shot 18 free throws (making 12) and the Spartans never went to the line.
It just seemed they cooled off in the second half against the Buckeyes, as their percentage dropped more than 17 points to 63.2 percent.
Ohio State hit four 3-pointers in a row in a 12-3 run to draw as close as 62-51 with 12 minutes remaining. After a miss by Davis inside, Anderson hit a jumper in the lane and Hill nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key to end that threat.
Ohio State coach Jim O’Brien wore a dark suit and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo a sport coat and dress pants – each capping off their ensemble with bright white sneakers. Both wore the shoes to show support for the Coaches vs. Cancer program.