NCAAB Game Recap - Ohio State at Michigan State
Sun Mar 8, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

Drex
43
Hof
61
F
Lafy
64
Colg
89
F
Lipsco
57
Lib
73
F
WCU
75
ETSU
97
F
Hamp
68
Winth
76
F
Elon
68
W&M
63
F
Buck
61
Boston
64
F
NE
72
Tows
62
F
N DA
74
SDak
71
F
Valpa
66
Brad
80
F
Del
79
Charl
67
F
NebOm
52
Oral
79
F
Woff
72
Chat
70
F
Mich
70
MD
83
F
OhSt
69
MSU
80
F
Iowa
76
Ill
78
F
Mem
57
Hou
64
F
Nebras
75
Minn
107
F
ECU
62
UCF
94
F
Tuls
57
WichSt
79
F
UConn
80
Tul
76
F

Mar 8, 2020, 4:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

T

(19) Ohio State (21-10)

32

37

69

(16) Michigan State (22-9)

38

42

80

No. 16 Mich St tops No. 19 Ohio St 80-69, shares B10 title
Sun Mar 8, 2020 11:34 PM

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Cassius Winston kissed Michigan State's logo in the middle of its basketball court, following the school's quarter-century long tradition toward the end of his last game at the Breslin Center.

The senior scored 27 points to help the 16th-ranked Spartans beat No. 19 Ohio State 80-69 on Sunday to win a third straight Big Ten championship.

"It means the world to have my whole family come and see me in my last home game and to go out like that," he said. "It's an amazing feeling."

Winston was able to celebrate the end of the regular season, nearly four months after the death of his brother.

"I could not have done what he did," coach Tom Izzo said.

Michigan State (22-9, 14-6 Big Ten) shared the conference title with No. 9 Maryland and No. 24 Wisconsin. The Spartans will be the second-seeded team at the Big Ten Tournament behind the Badgers, with the Terrapins seeded third.

The Buckeyes (21-10, 11-9) had won four straight and six of their previous seven games, but they let Michigan State make 54% of its shots in the second half to pull away.

"We just couldn't get enough stops when we needed to," coach Chris Holtmann said.

Ohio State's leading scorer, Kaleb Wesson, was held to eight points on 1-of-8 shooting after entering the day averaging 14-plus points per game.

"Wesson is a load down low," Izzo said. "We put a lot into trying to stop him. We didn't stop him, but we semi-neutralized him."

Duane Washington had 16 points, CJ Walker scored 14, E.J. Liddell had 12 and Luther Muhammad added 10 points for the Buckeyes.

Michigan State was in control of much of the evening and pulled away with a 16-4 run late in the game.

Rocket Watts scored 19 points, Xavier Tillman had 15 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals while Aaron Henry added 12 points for the Spartans.

"They had toughness and they hit the floor first," Walker said.

TIED AT THE TOP

The Badgers clinched a share of the Big Ten title with a victory Saturday at Indiana and will be the top-seeded team in Indianapolis. The Terrapins beat No. 25 Michigan earlier on Sunday to also earn a share of the championship.

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State: The Buckeyes should get a boost in the postseason with the expected return of Kyle Young, who missed his fourth straight game with a high ankle sprain. The junior forward, who has a protective boot on his right foot, averages seven-plus points and nearly six rebounds per game.

"We've won games with a short bench," Holtmann said.

Michigan State: The Spartans are playing their best late in the season as they usually have done over 25 seasons for their Hall of Fame coach. They started the season ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history and seem to have some momentum going into the postseason.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The surging Spartans will likely move up in the poll on Monday with their fifth straight win and sixth win in seven games. The Buckeyes will probably hold onto a spot toward the bottom of the AP Top 25.

SENIOR DAY

Winston was honored along with fellow seniors Josh Langford, Kyle Ahrens and former walk-on Conner George.

Langford, who missed the year with a foot injury, has not announced if he will return for a fifth season, transfer to another school or play professionally.

When Izzo mentioned Langford during the Senior Day ceremony, the fans let the shooting guard know they want him back.

"One more year! One more year!" the fans chanted.

BANNER NIGHT

Izzo isn't afraid to show his emotions and did it again, choking back tears and pausing while addressing fans after winning the Big Ten title for the 10th time.

"It's the third year in a row that we're playing here for a championship," he said. "And there is nothing in the entire world I like more than hanging banners."

HE SAID IT

"They should do that after the game," Holtmann told an official, complaining about how long it was taking the Spartans' seniors to check out for the final time at Breslin Center.

Hours after the game ended Sunday night, Holtmann reached out to The Associated Press to clarify why he was frustrated late in the game.

"Tom apologized in the postgame line for how long the last two minutes of the game took," Holtmann said. "He didn't have to do that. I took no issue with the kissing of the floor tradition. Those seniors have certainly earned it.

"To be honest, I think I was just frustrated with the loss and I was anxious to get to the locker room with our team. That is why I communicated that to the official. I can certainly be more gracious in defeat. All the best to MSU moving forward."

UP NEXT

Ohio State: Goes to the conference tournament, trying to improve its seeding for the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan State: Shoots to repeat as Big Ten Tournament champion.

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Leaders

Ohio State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Ahrens 0 0 0 1 0 0
D. Washington Jr. 16 0 1 5 1 0
Michigan State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Izzo 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Hoiberg 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

OhSt MSU
Points For 69 80
Field Goals 24/53-45% 29/60-48%
Three Pointers 5/16-31% 8/26-31%
Free Throws 16/19-84% 14/18-78%
Offensive Rebounds 6 11
Defensive Rebounds 24 25
Rebounds 34 38
Blocks 1 6
Steals 5 7
Turnovers 9 9
Personal Fouls 18 17
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - MSU Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Mar 8 OhSt 69 @ MSU 80 K. Wesson 8 T. Kithier 2

Game Information

Stadium: Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan
Attendance: 14,797
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