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Michigan State blows double-digit lead, prevails in overtime over Ohio State

Jan 7, 2014, 11:32 PM EDT

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Michigan State and Ohio State sure know how to make us forget about college football.

The two clashed in an epic overtime Big Ten battle, as the No. 5 Michigan State blew a double-digit second half lead, but left the Breslin Center with a 72-68 overtime win over No. 3 Ohio State on Tuesday night to hand the Buckeyes their first loss of the season.

Sam Thompson hit two free throws, followed by one from Adreian Payne to make it 60-59 Ohio State to begin overtime. Then it began to rain threes. Kenny Kaminski and Payne sandwiched a Marc Loving free throw with two Michigan State 3-pointers to give Sparty a 65-61 lead. Again, Ohio State wasn’t going anywhere with an Aaron Craft layup and a Thompson 3-pointer from the wing, tying the score at 66-all.

Keith Appling responded with a pull-up three on the next possession with under 30 seconds to play, giving Michigan State a 69-66 lead, which the Spartans kept for good.

Ohio State fell behind by as many as 17 in the second half, but with less than 10 minutes to go, Thad Matta extended his defense, which forced problems for the Michigan State offense. As the Spartans made mistakes and missed shots — one field goal in the final eight minutes — the Buckeyes went on a 20-3 run to close out regulation and had a chance to win it at the buzzer with a transition layup after Shannon Scott picked off a pass.

The Spartans second half letdown that almost caused them the game.That near collapse had something to do with the opponent.¬†Ohio State doesn’t give up. Seriously. We saw that in the win against Notre Dame and we saw that fight again on Tuesday night. How many guys will make plays like Aaron Craft did toward the end the game?

It was a disappointing way to end regulation, but Tuesday night the Spartans showed glimpses — like in other games — of what they can be when they are healthy. Gary Harris went off on Indiana, looking like the player we’ve waited to see, and added 13 more points on Tuesday night. Payne (18 points, six rebounds) fought through a foot injury while Appling (20 points, seven assists, six rebounds) dealt cramping. Yet both drilled huge 3-pointers in overtime. Not to mention Tom Izzo was without Travis Trice.

We still have a long way to go until March, which is the next time these two teams meet. The Spartans and Buckeyes end conference play on March 9 in Columbus

  1. philliesblow - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Impressed by OSU’s comeback, it would have been easy to mail it in once down 17 on the road. Kudos to the Spartans for fighting back in OT. Interesting that Izzo had little-used Kaminsky on the floor in OT after having just brought him back recently from a suspension. Major disappearing act again from Brandon Dawson, he has to be one of the biggest enigmas in college hoops. Great effort by both sides, looking forward to the rematch.

  2. megatronownsyou - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Just like football!
    Not sure why Ohio State was ranked 3rd (and higher than us) when we’re playing teams like Kentucky and North Carolina in the preseason and they’re playing all cupcakes but there’s no question who the best team in the Big 10 is now.

  3. jrs45 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    You’re right there is no question that the big10 will lose in the championship gm again. All of them are overrated.

    • polegojim - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      Oh yes, just like in football eh jrs45… oh wait!!!

  4. waynefontes - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Michigan State? YES! YES! YES! YES!

  5. ohioguy614 - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Great comeback by the Buckeyes! It hurts when we come up short but at least we’re always in a position to win, and we win most times. Thad Mata is one of the best coaches out there and OSU is lucky to have him. When you play basketball in the Big 10, you are NOT playing cupcakes. LOL What idiots would suggest that megatronownsyou and jrs45?

    • megatronownsyou - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Your reading comprehension is poor. I was referring to the schedule both teams have played so far this year. Why don’t you go back and look at who OSU has played compared to Michigan State THIS SEASON. And you’re calling someone else an idiot? How does it feel to owned by Sparty in football and basketball? Sorry but you’ll have to wait until March to get owned by us again though.

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