Spartans finish off Buckeyes, regular season

The Spartans defeated the Buckeyes 72-58 in Columbus to close out the Big Ten season with a 10-6 record. MSU,18-11 overall, ended the season winning eight of its last 11, including a 4-0 conference finish.

The Michigan State Spartans ended the Big Ten season the way it began it – with a win over Ohio State.

The Spartans defeated the Buckeyes 72-58 in Columbus to close out the Big Ten season with a 10-6 record. MSU,18-11 overall, ended the season winning eight of its last 11, including a 4-0 conference finish.

In the first meeting the Spartans knocked down 29-of-30 from the free throw line to earn a 66-55 win at the Breslin Center.

Sophomore guard Chris Hill paced the Spartans offensive attack scoring 20 points and senior Adam Ballinger played big down the stretch scoring all 11 of his points in the final 6 minutes of the game.

Ohio State was led in scoring by guard Brent Darby who finished with 20 points, nine coming in the first half. Forward Zach Williams added 13 points.

The Buckeyes (14-12, 7-8) trailed by as many as 12 points early in the second half, but managed to cut the lead to at 45-43, thanks to a 10-0 run with 10:49 remaining.

MSU answered with a 10-2 run to give the Spartans the lead and dash the Buckeyes chances of comeback.

In the first half the Spartans shot a blistering 68 percent from field, despite getting off to a slow start, and used a 9-2 run to take a 36-29 lead over the Buckeyes at the break.

Sophomore guard Chris Hill paced the Spartans with 11 points, while sophomore guard Kelvin Torbert scored nine on 4-for-4 shooting from the field.

The Buckeyes used six offensive rebounds to score 13 second-chance points to give them the lead for the first 15 minutes of the contest.

The Spartans will compete next weekend in the Big Ten Conference Tournament in Chicago. The Spartans have locked up a first-day bye and will be either a 4th or 5th seed. The conference's brackets won't be determined until Sunday after the Minnesota-Illinois game.


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