MSU Rides Hill Past Ohio State

Terence Dials had 22 points for Ohio State, but the Buckeyes could not capitalize after grabbing a 43-41 halftime lead at Michigan State. The 13th-ranked Spartans went on to post an 83-69 win Wednesday night in Big Ten men's basketball action.

Ohio State's confidence was sky high after a four-game winning streak. But the Breslin Center at Michigan State, unfortunately, is still the Breslin Center.

No. 13 Michigan State outscored OSU 42-26 in the second half on its way to an 83-69 win in Big Ten men's basketball action Wednesday night. OSU dropped its 10th straight game at MSU and fell to 1-12 all-time in the Breslin Center, which opened in 1989-90.

"Obviously, the credit goes to Michigan State," OSU coach Thad Matta told WBNS-AM. "What a good basketball team they are. Along with Illinois, they are the best team we have played this year. They kept their poise and kept their composure."

Ohio State (16-8, 5-5) had no answer for MSU guard Chris Hill, who came off the bench and poured in 26 points for the Spartans (16-4, 7-2). Hill was 8 of 10 from the floor, including 6 of 7 from three-point range.

"Chris Hill, what an incredible game he had," Matta said. "We know he's a great player and he really got it going. We couldn't stop him. They did a great job of screening early and he was making shots. They were hard to guard."

Maurice Ager added 19 points, hitting 3 of 5 shots from three-point range. Alan Anderson added 16 points and Paul Davis scored 11.

OSU center Terence Dials had 22 points, hitting 10 of 17 shots from the floor. But Dials was just 2 of 7 at the foul line.

"I thought we did a good job of getting the ball inside," Matta said. "I thought we might be able to capitalize on that."

Ivan Harris hit all four of his shots from the floor, including three three-pointers, on his way to 13 points. Matt Sylvester added nine points and Tony Stockman had eight.

MSU outrebounded OSU 40-24. The Spartans were also 17 of 23 (73.9 percent) at the foul line, while OSU was just 9 of 17 (52.9 percent).

The Buckeyes blistered the nets in the first half, hitting 63 percent of their shots (17 of 27) on their way to a 43-41 halftime lead. Dials had 14 of his points and Harris had 10 in the first half.

But MSU grabbed control of the game by outscoring Ohio State 21-10 in the first 7-1/2 minutes of the second half.

"That run they put on us to start the second half … but we didn't fold," Matta said. "We came back and cut into it. But we missed some free throws. In a game like this, you have to step up and make those. I felt like we got tired down the stretch."

MSU jumped out to a 7-2 lead after Drew Neitzel hit a trey with 18:50 left in the first half. But OSU answered with an impressive 14-2 run, keyed by eight points from Dials. J.J. Sullinger's steal and layup gave the Buckeyes a 16-9 lead with 13:55 left in the half.

MSU answered with a 12-2 run of its own, including five points each from Hill and Ager, to go back up 21-18 with 10:47 left in the half.

Later in the half, the Buckeyes went on a 12-2 run to build their biggest lead at 37-29 with 4:35 left. Dials and Stockman each had four points during that run.

But Michigan State ended the half by outscoring OSU 12-6 with Hill scoring 10 of the points. Harris hit a pair of threes during this stretch, but OSU's lead dwindled to 43-41 at the break.

OSU had two misses and a shot clock violation on its first three possessions of the second half, opening the door for MSU to grab the lead for good. Hill hit three three-pointers and Ager made two during the Spartans' 21-10 spurt to open the half as they moved ahead 62-53 with 12:30 left. An Anderson jumper pushed the lead to 68-56 with 8:10 left.

The closest OSU would get after that was eight points on Sylvester's rebound basket that cut it to 75-67 with 5:34 left. The Buckeyes would not score again until Stockman's layup with 6.9 seconds left. The MSU lead reached as high as 16 at 83-67 on Anderson's rebound basket with 20.1 seconds left.

Je'Kel Foster added six points for OSU, while Sullinger had four, Brandon Fuss-Cheatham scored three and Jamar Butler and Matt Marinchick each had two.

Also Notable

* OSU fell to 1-2 against ranked teams this year. Earlier this year, OSU lost at No. 1 Illinois (84-65) and won at home against then-No. 14 Iowa (81-69).

* Matta fell to 10-11 all-time against ranked teams in his fifth year as a college head coach.

* Ohio State is now 1-10 on the road against ranked teams dating to a 2001 win at then-No. 14 Iowa. The lone win was a 65-59 win at then-No. 21 Purdue last year.

* The Breslin Center has historically been a house of horrors for Ohio State. It opened for the 1989-90 basketball season, replacing Jenison Field House.

OSU's lone win in the building was a 78-65 win in the Big Ten championship season of 1992.

* MSU now leads the all-time series 58-46. Since OSU swept the season series in 1992, MSU holds a commanding 18-3 edge.

* OSU travels to Penn State Saturday at 5 p.m. (ESPN-Plus regional syndication). The Lions fell to 7-15 overall and 1-8 in Big Ten play with a 77-50 loss at Purdue Wednesday. OSU defeated PSU 68-62 on Jan. 26 in Columbus.

* The loss at MSU dropped OSU out of a tie with Indiana for fifth place in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are alone in sixth place, a game ahead of Northwestern (4-6 Big Ten) that shocked Minnesota 55-53 Wednesday.

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