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No. 11 Ohio State loses at No. 18 Michigan State when Scott’s shot falls short

Jan 19, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

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Live by the three, die by the three.

Preseason All-American DeShaun Thomas played all 40 minutes of a 59-56 Ohio State loss, and thank goodness for his team that he did. Thomas was the only Buckeye in double figures, scoring 28 points on 50% shooting from the floor. Despite his 6’7″, 225-lb. frame, Thomas shot 11 of his 20 shots from deep, converting six of them.

It was not Thomas who took the game’s final shot, though it probably should have been. Instead, with the ball in the halfcourt and :03 left on the clock, reserve guard Shannon Scott heaved an off-balance, contested three that missed badly, and the crowd at the Breslin Center began celebrating in earnest.

With Thomas bombing away from outside, Michigan State center Adreain Payne ruled the paint, scoring 14 points. Keith Appling suffered against OSU’s perimeter defense, so he began driving the lane and ended up with 15. The Spartans’ leading rebounder was 6’6″ wing player Branden Dawson, who hauled down ten missed shots all by his lonesome.

Michigan State moved to 5-1 in league play, putting them at the top of the Big Ten alongside 4-0 Wisconsin. The Spartans and Badgers will go toe-to-toe in Madison on January 22.

Eric Angevine is the editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.

  1. manilovethepftcensors - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Gotta love how this article focuses almost completely on Ohio State even thought Michigan State won the game. Even the headline “Ohio State loses…” as opposed to all the others that name the winning team first. Did you watch the game? If so you would know that Michigan State was winning for the vast majority of the game and that if it wasn’t for one player (Deshaun Thomas who scored 28 points for OSU) it would have been a complete blowout. Maybe you could at least mention the fact that OSU looked flat out terrible besides Thomas but that would probably mess up your narrative.
    I’m used to the “national sports media” not giving Michigan State the respect that they’re due and I know how much you guys love the Buckeyes (not to even mention how hard you ride Michigan’s sacks) so I guess maybe we’ll have to wait until we win the big ten championship for you to show the proper respect.

  2. drpompanoduke - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Manilove got a point…. Thought he was too sensitive but a kwik review showed different…..I still enjoyed the headline bc Thad Motta in performance resembles John Cooper.

  3. mgscott - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    The Ohio State University. Just sayin..

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