No. 9 Ohio St. 74, No. 11 Michigan St. 67
Ohio State’s Evan Turner was dealing with a head cold and
flulike symptoms when he arrived at Michigan State for a crucial
Big Ten road game.
He left town feeling much better after the Buckeyes earned a
74-67 victory Sunday.
Turner had a strong second half and finished with 20 points and
10 rebounds to tighten the conference standings. The No. 9 Buckeyes
(21-7, 11-4) and No. 11 Spartans (21-7, 11-4) are tied for second
place in the Big Ten, a half-game behind Purdue.
Turner rested in the bleachers while the rest of the Buckeyes
took shooting practice Saturday night. Turner got a plateful of
food – then didn’t eat it – Sunday morning.
“He did a tremendous job of battling through it,” Ohio State
coach Thad Matta said of his star, who leads the Big Ten in scoring
and rebounding. “You have to give him a lot of credit for how he
played. I thought he was a little bit off there at the beginning.
He had some great looks. But there were no legs.”
Turner scored 16 points in the second half.
William Buford had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes,
who squandered a 14-point second-half lead before rallying for the
Durrell Summers scored 16 points for Michigan State, including
seven straight to give the Spartans a 62-61 lead with 4:05
Buford hit two free throws to put the Buckeyes back on top
63-62. Turner’s jumper gave Ohio State a 65-62 lead with 2:55
Jon Diebler hit a 3-pointer with 1:45 left to put the Buckeyes
ahead 68-62. Michigan State couldn’t rally back, dropping a home
game that leaves it needing a strong finish to repeat as conference
“Disappointed would be a foolish word right now,” Michigan
State coach Tom Izzo said. “It’s more than that.”
Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas went 0 for 5 from the floor and
scored just one point in the first half before finishing with nine
points in the game. Raymar Morgan had nine points and 14
The Buckeyes stayed in the Big Ten race by winning on the road
against a much deeper team. Ohio State used just six players
The Buckeyes quieted the Breslin Center crowd with a big run
midway through the first half to grab a 23-12 lead. Buford had nine
points in the first 12 minutes, while Dallas Lauderdale had three
dunks off half-court sets.
Turner made only one of his first eight shots and scored just
four points in the first half. But his teammates helped out and the
Buckeyes took a 39-26 halftime lead.
“It showed we can score,” Turner said of the solid team
effort. “It’s not just me. It’s all the guys. They made a lot of
Ohio State outrebounded Michigan State 41-38.
The Spartans made just 9 of 27 shots in the first half, while
committing nine turnovers. Michigan State protected the ball better
and shot better in the second half, but the damage had been
“We fought back, but it’s the same story,” said Michigan
State’s Draymond Green, who finished with 11 points. “They made
plays down the stretch. We didn’t.”
Michigan State has the week off before traveling to Purdue for a
Feb. 28 matchup. That game was going to be huge for Michigan
State’s title hopes regardless of what happened against the
“Our situation was really going to be the same,” Izzo said.
“We have to beat Purdue down there, either way.”
Ohio State plays at Penn State and then hosts Michigan later