These are starting to get quite painful to recap at this point. The Spartans managed to keep it close for most of the first half. Anytime it seemed like Ohio State was going on a run, Michigan State would come back to get it within a possession. That was until there was just under five minutes left in the half.
After Hauser hit a three with 5:55 left to make it 26-32 OSU with the lead, Ohio State went on a run to make it a 12-point game going into the locker room at the half. OSU led 42-30, but poor shooting by MSU certainly helps explain it. The Spartans shot just 40 percent from the field, an abysmal 20 percent from three-point range, and a paltry 67 percent from the free-throw line.
The Spartans held firm on the boards at least, up 20-16 overall at least.
The Spartans just couldn’t break the lead in the second half. Michigan State spend almost the entire half trailing by 12 points. Occasionally Ohio State would stretch it out to 16, but MSU would come back to trail by 12 again. Then MSU finally broke through to make it single-digits at just nine points with 4:20 to go.
However, the run was short lived and the Spartans collapsed down the stretch to finish with a loss 79-62.
Joshua Langford led MSU in scoring with 14 points, while Joey Hauser added 11, and Aaron Henry scored 10. Henry also led on the glass with seven rebounds and in assists with three. Michigan State only committed 10 total turnovers in the game. Rocket Watts was the only player to finish in the positive for plus/minus with 1.
The Spartans are back in action on the road for a third straight game Tuesday night in Iowa City.