It looked like it would be in easy fashion, but it took overtime for MSU to take down OSU 72-68.
Keith Appling hit a 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left break a 66-66 tie.
The Spartans led by as many as 16 in the second half, but Ohio State fought back – led by Sam Thompson – to force overtime with a 20-3 run in the final seven minutes.
With 1:34 left, Appling was called for charge outside the 3-point line. Ohio State missed a pair of shots and Gary Harris recovered the loose ball, but tried to pass it and Aaron Craft drove on it and called timeout with 1:01 left.
Craft hit a layup off a quick inbound play to pull the Buckeyes within one.
Payne hit a free throw to put the lead back to two, but Amir Williams slammed home a Craft missed layup.
With the shot clock expired, Appling turned the ball over and Shannon Scott went racing down the court, but Appling helped force a missed layup and the game headed for overtime.
The Spartans won the extra frame 14-10, fueled by 3-pointer from Kenny Kaminski and Payne.
A Craft layup and Thompson 3-pointer knotted it up, but Appling's 3 gave the Spartans the edge as he sealed it with three free throws.
Appling had a game-high 20 points. Despite doubts if he would play at all, Payne had 18 points. Gary Harris chipped in 13.