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C-HOOP.....BUCKEYES BETTER DOWN THE STRETCH.....T 2/15/11
Posted on: 02-15-2011

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>>caption:   WILLIAM BUFORD (#44)
DRIVES AROUND MSU's DURRELL
SUMMERS (L)<<

@ COLUMBUS, OH:

      Formerly ranked #1 Ohio State
bounced back from its only defeat
of the season (Saturday at Wisconsin)
to beat Michigan State 71-61 Tuesday
night.
      The Spartans stayed in the back-
&-forth contest (11 ties and 17 lead
changes) until the just before the end
when the Buckeyes went on an 18-10
closing run.
      Once again turnovers doomed Michigan State with a 19-7 deficit in
that department including four MSU turnovers in a stretch of five
possessions. This negated MSU's tough defense and a solid offensive
game plan of working to get inside shots, which increased the Spartan
field goal proficiency to 57.4% on 27-of-47. The Spartys also outrebounded
the bigger Buckeyes 29-19.   
      Michigan State only attempted five 3-point launches, sinking two.
Spartan longballer Durrell Summers, whose defense has been a sore
point with coach Tom Izzo all season, got a bit of the "Rip Hamilton
treatment" by spending much of the game on the bench, especially
at crunch time. Summers was 0-for-1 shooting, a missed 3-pointer, and
was scoreless for the first time this season. Summers managed but 1-RB
& 1-A in his 16-mins.         
      William Buford scored eight of OSU's first dozen points and finished
with a game-high 23 on 9-of-15 shooting. Jon Diebler and David Lighty
added 12-P each while Jared Sullinger had 10-P.
      Kalin Lucas topped MSU with 14-P. Draymond Green and Adreian Payne
both posted 10-P as freshman Payne equaled his career-best set in the
season opener vs Eastern Michigan.
      Ohio State went ahead to stay on a 3-point play by Lighty with 14:45
left. The Buckeyes went up by 8-P on a foolish play by MSU's Garrick Sherman,
who wildly threw the ball past half-court as he was tumbling out of bounds
next to the MSU offensive basket. OSU's Aaron Craft grabbed the loose ball,
drove for a layup, made his shot, was fouled from behind by Keith Appling
and made the free throw to complete the 3-point play for a 61-53 margin
with 5:51 remaining.
      The closest MSU came after that was 61-57 on a pair of Green free throws
with 4:38 showing. A questionable foul, then a technical on Green with 1:42
to go resulted in Craft making a trio of charity tosses for a 69-59 bulge.      
      Ohio State was 23-of-29 at the free throw line while Michigan State was
5-of-6 due to a 26-12 foul disparity in a classic "homer" officiated contest.   
      With its 18th straight home win Ohio State improved to 25-1 including 12-1
in the Big Ten. Michigan State is now 14-11 & 6-7.      

QUOTEBOOK...

MSU H-COACH TOM IZZO:    "I wouldn't count us dead yet. This is a pretty good
team if we can regroup down the stretch and get three guys to play together
instead of just two [Lucas and Green]...I don't have any problems with [Green's
technical]. I have more problems with us not chasing down a loose ball [on Craft's
3-point play]...It just seemed like they walked to the [free throw] line every
freakin' time."

OSU H-COACH THAD MATTA:    "Will [Buford] had a steal and Aaron [Craft] had a steal
...We weren't defending as well as we need to and those gave us the lead."

OSU GD WILLIAM BUFORD:    "Every shot I take I think it's going to go down."

OVERTIME:

      MSU trailed just 35-34 at halftime with the Spartan bench outscoring
their Buckeye counterparts 21-1 before intermission.
      Limited by a reinjured right knee, Michigan State's Delvon Roe was
scoreless in just 8-mins of reserve duty. Derrick Nix helped fill Roe's shoes
with 7-P in 11-mins.
      Freshman reserve Craft made the most of his 35-mins of PT with 7-P, 4-A,
4-STL and 3-RB for OSU.   
      Sullinger's 11-P & 2-RB were both well below his 18-P & 10-RB per game
season average.
      Diebler hit two 3-pointers to move into a tie for second with Michigan
State's Shawn Respert, one back of Big Ten career 3-point leader Pete Lisicky
of Penn State, with 332.

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