Adreian Payne, the second-leading scorer and rebounder for
Michigan State, was questionable to play after a right foot
sprain flared up early in warm-ups, but came off the bench seven
minutes into the game and finished with 18 points. Gary Harris
added 13 points for the Spartans (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten).
Sam Thompson scored a season-high 18 points off the bench to
lead Ohio State (15-1, 2-1), which began the day as one of six
unbeaten teams in Division I. The second-leading scorer also
came off the bench as Marc Loving finished with 10 points and
starters Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott contributed nine apiece
for the Buckeyes.
Appling’s 3-pointer broke a 66-66 tie with 32 seconds remaining
in overtime. The Buckeyes trimmed the deficit back to one with
two free throws with 17 seconds left, but Appling made two free
throws of his own two seconds later and then grabbed the rebound
off Loving’s missed 3 before sealing the win with one more free
throw with one second left.
The victory saved a major collapse by the Spartans, who led by
17 with just over seven minutes remaining before committing 10
turnovers down the stretch. Craft threw an inbounds pass off
Payne’s backside and laid it in to cut to the deficit to one and
Amir Williams tied the score on his follow dunk off Craft’s
missed drive with 21 seconds remaining in regulation.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Spartans played without part-time starter
Travis Trice, the team’s fifth-leading scorer (7.6) and
second-best 3-point shooter, who had the flu. Kenny Kaminski
helped fill that void by sinking a pair of 3-pointers in the
first half and one in overtime. … The Spartans are the first
Ohio State opponent to eclipse the 70-point mark this season. …
Michigan State shot 11-for-19 from 3-point range against an Ohio
State defense that came in limiting the opposition to
24.3-percent shooting from beyond the arc, the lowest mark in
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