Feb. 23, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Michigan State’s Bryn Forbes hit six 3-pointers in the second half as the sixth-ranked Spartans beat Ohio State 81-62 on Tuesday night.
Forbes had 27 points and finished 7 of 10 from 3-point range.
The Spartans (23-5, 10-5 Big Ten) led 36-31 at halftime but Forbes then scored 20 points and Matt Costello added 12 of his 16.
Denzel Valentine added 17 points and eight assists as the Spartans won for the seventh time in eight games.
Michigan State made 14 of 22 3-point attempts.
Ohio State was without sophomore starting forward Jae’Sean Tate because of a left shoulder injury that will keep him out the rest of the season. He will undergo surgery on Friday.
Besides being their emotional leader, Tate tops the Buckeyes in conference scoring (11.9). Overall, he is averaging 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds. He had started 44 consecutive games.
Freshman Mickey Mitchell made his first start in Tate’s absence and had two rebounds and missed all three shots.
The Buckeyes hung with Michigan State for most of the first half and took a 25-24 lead with 6:21 left when Keita Bates-Diop capped a 7-0 run with two free throws.
But a rebound basket by Forbes put the Spartans ahead 26-25 and Valentine followed with one of two free throws.
The Spartans ended the half with three 3-pointers, two by Valentine, as they made 7 of 10 3-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes but were only 6 of 19 on their other shots.
Michigan State led 50-44 when two 3s by Forbes and another by Valentine increased the lead to 59-46 with just under 14 minutes left.
Michigan State: Seven of the previous nine meetings were decided by four or fewer points. … The Spartans host Ohio State on March 5 to end the regular season.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes have won at least 10 Big Ten regular season games the past 11 seasons, the longest streak in school history. … This was the third game this season against a 2015 Final Four team. Ohio State beat Kentucky in Brooklyn and lost at Wisconsin.
Michigan State hosts Penn State on Sunday.
Ohio State hosts No. 8 Iowa on Sunday.