Chris Hill, coming off the bench for the second-straight game, scored a season-high 26 points, leading #13 Michigan State to an 83-69 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes. Hill was 6-for-7 from 3-point range and made all four of his free throws for the Spartans (16-4, 7-2 Big Ten).
Terence Dials led the Buckeyes with 22 points, on 10-for-18 shooting. His frontcourt mate, Ivan Harris, added 13 points while going 4-for-5 from the field for Buckeyes (16-8, 5-5), who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Ohio State led 43-41 at halftime after shooting 63 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including a 6-for-8 effort from Dials. Hill had 15 points in the first half for Michigan State.
The Spartans scored the first six points of the second half to take a 47-43 lead and built on it by shooting 12-23 (.522) for the half, while holding Ohio State to just 10-29 (.345) shooting over the last 20 minutes.
The Spartans finished with a 40-24 rebounding edge and had 21 assists to just 10 turnovers. Drew Neitzel, in his second start in place of Hill at point guard, finished the game with 7 assists and 1 turnover in 21 minutes of action.
Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo was very happy for Hill, his recently beleaguered sharpshooter from Indianapolis:
"Yesterday, (in practice) he shot the ball really well. Today, he shot the ball well. I do think there has been some pressure off the court. I am happy for him; I don't know what the reasons are. . . . He went through a little bit of a slump like a lot of guys do. It helped his whole game, there was no question."
Next up for Michigan State is a quick Saturday bus ride to Ann Arbor for a 4 p.m. tip-off against the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Arena.