January 15, 2017

Ohio State Knocks Off Michigan State, 72-67


Jan. 15, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind 22 points, six assists and four boards from JaQuan Lyle, Ohio State knocked off Michigan State 72-67 Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes (11-7, 1-4 B1G) earned their first conference win against a Spartan (12-7, 4-2 B1G) squad that entered the contest tied with Maryland atop the Big Ten standings.

All five Ohio State starters scored in double figures as Lyle paced the Buckeyes while Marc Loving and Jae’Sean Tate each scored 12 and Trevor Thompson and Kam Williams added 10 apiece. Miles Bridges tallied 24 points and nine rebounds for the Spartans.

After a Nick Ward jumper gave Michigan State a 20-16 lead with 10:28 remaining in the first half, Ohio State used an 11-0 run over the next 2:51, spurred on by six points from Loving and a 3-pointer by Lyle, to take a 27-20 advantage. The Spartans then closed the half on a 13-6 spurt as Ohio State held a 36-33 lead going into the break.

The Buckeyes held a 19-13 advantage on the boards over the first 20 minutes. Lyle led the Buckeyes with 11 points in the first half while Loving added eight points and six rebounds.

Ohio State continued to hold off the Spartans until a Kyle Ahrens 3-pointer put the Spartans on top 48-46 with 14:45 remaining in the contest. The teams continued to go back and forth until a 10-0 Buckeye run, including five points from Lyle, a corner 3-pointer from Tate and a Thompson layup pushed the Ohio State lead to 66-58 with 5:33 left to play.

Michigan State then cut the Buckeye advantage to 70-67 on a Bridges free throw with 20 seconds remaining but free throws from Williams and Tate iced the game as the Buckeyes picked up their first Big Ten win of 2017.

Ohio State travels to Nebraska for a 9 p.m. ET matchup Wednesday while the Spartans are off until a trip to Indiana at 4 p.m. ET Saturday.