For most of the second half they were dead in the water. Fans were already looking forward to Sunday’s game against Iowa.
But somehow, the Ohio State Buckeyes almost found a way.
Overcoming a 17-point deficit with seven minutes left, the Buckeyes forced overtime and nearly pulled off a stunning win over Michigan State on Tuesday, losing 72-68, at the Breslin Center.
Trailing 55-38 Ohio State turned up the pressure defensively and went on a 20-3 run, forcing turnover after turnover while finally getting hot offensively. One of the key plays was when Craft through an inbound pass off Payne’s backside and made an easy layup to cut the lead to one.
Ohio State actually had a chance to win at the end of regulation but a Shannon Scott layup rimmed out at the buzzer.
In the overtime Ohio State took it’s first lead since late in the first half when Sam “Slam” Thompson made two of three from the free-throw line, but Michigan State built a lead on 3-pointers from Kenny Kaminski and Payne. That lead quickly disappeared when Thompson hit a clutch 3-pointer with 1:13 left.
But Keith Appling hit a 3-pointer a s the shot clock wound down with 34 seconds left and OSU could not complete an overtime comeback.
Amazingly enough, OSU made the furious finish with Lenzelle Smith Jr., on the bench and Coach Thad Matta riding the hot hands of Thompson and Marc Loving.
Thompson finished with a team-high 18 points while Loving added 13. Aaron Craft and Scott each scored 9 for OSU. Appling led the Spartans (14-1, 3-0) with 20 points while Payne added 18 and Gary Harris 13. Read More