Michigan State stays hot with upset win over No. 4 Ohio State
Aaron Henry scored 18 points and Michigan State rallied down the stretch to upset No. 4 Ohio State 71-67, continuing a late-season surge by winning Thursday night in East Lansing, Mich.
Gabe Brown added 11 points for Michigan State (13-9, 7-9 Big Ten), which bolstered its chances for an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament.
E.J. Liddell’s 18 points led Ohio State, while Duane Washington Jr. scored 11 of his 17 points in the first half. Justice Sueing added 10 points.
Ohio State (18-7, 12-7), which was playing in its road finale, has lost two games in a row for the first time this season. The Buckeyes were aiming for a seventh consecutive Big Ten road triumph.
Malik Hall made two free throws to put the Spartans ahead with 2:32 remaining. Henry then bagged a jumper with 1:10 to play.
Michigan State scored the game’s final three points at the foul line, including two free throws from Joshua Langford with two seconds left.
The Spartans won despite making just four of 15 attempts from 3-point range. Ohio State was 4-for-14 on 3s.
Michigan State had 11 of its 15 turnovers in the first half.
Ohio State was coming off a 92-87 home loss Sunday to No. 3 Michigan. The Buckeyes have home games against Iowa and Illinois remaining in the regular season.
Ohio State appeared to take control following a technical foul that helped Michigan State pull even at 40-40. The Buckeyes responded with a 9-0 spurt before the Spartans came roaring back.
Michigan State, trying to build on Tuesday’s upset of Illinois, could move up from 10th place in the Big Ten.
Ohio State led 38-33 at halftime, buoyed by 55 percent shooting from the field.
The Spartans have their first three-game winning streak since opening the season with five straight victories.
Ohio State won 79-62 against the Spartans on Jan. 31 at home.
–Field Level Media
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