COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 14 Ohio State men’s basketball team fought No. 8 Michigan State down to the final seconds of the game, but it wasn’t enough as the Spartans topped the Buckeyes, 86-77, handing OSU their first conference loss of the season.
Ohio State and Michigan State went blow for blow for the majority of the first half as the two teams were separated by three points or less for 17:35 of the first half.
The Buckeyes then came surging as they ended the half on a 15-5 run to take a 43-36 halftime lead behind Kaleb Wesson’s 18-point seven-rebound first half performance.
It didn’t take long for the Spartans to catch back up to the Buckeyes as Michigan State reclaimed the lead at the 14:42 mark by a score of 51-50.
Trailing 64-59 with less than nine minutes remaining, Kaleb Wesson picked up his fourth foul and had to go to the bench, but the rest of the Buckeyes picked up the slack as Duane Washington Jr. immediately drilled a three to cut the Spartans lead to two.
Ohio State and Michigan State found themselves tied at 71 with 4:53 left in the game, but the Buckeyes failed to make a single field goal from the 6:06 mark on until there were only 46 seconds remaining in the game as Michigan State went on to beat Ohio State, 86-77 behind a 25-point performance by Cassius Winston and a 21-point, seven-rebound performance by Gahanna native Nick Ward.
Kaleb Wesson was dominant for Ohio State up until the minute he fouled out as he led the Buckeyes with 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting and eight rebounds.
Andre Wesson, Luther Muhammad, C.J. Jackson and Duane Washington Jr. all scored double digits for Ohio State as well in the loss.
With their first Big Ten loss of the season, Ohio State falls to 12-2 on the season and 2-1 in conference play.
Urban Meyer Honored, Sits With Fields And Haskins
On a day where the Ohio State men’s basketball team was playing their biggest home game of the season, the football team stole part of the spotlight as recently retired head football coach Urban Meyer was honored at a media timeout during the basketball game.
You can view images and video of Urban Meyer’s honoring here.
After being honored on the court, Meyer then went over to courtside to sit with current Buckeye QB Dwayne Haskins and new QB transfer Justin Fields.
Fields is expected to be the favorite to win the starting quarterback job next season for the Buckeyes with Tate Martell being right there in the mix as well.
Next Up For The Bucks
No. 14 Ohio State will now hit the road for two games and will start off their road trip this coming Wednesday, January 9th at Rutgers before heading to Iowa next Saturday, January 12th. Tip-off for Ohio State’s upcoming game against Rutgers is scheduled for 7:00pm ET and will be televised on Big Ten Network.
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