CHICAGO, Illinois — Foul trouble, turnovers and a bit of bad officiating plagued Ohio State on Friday as the Buckeyes were unable to sustain the momentum from their win over Indiana and were beaten by Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, 77-70.
Ohio State came out strong to start the game as they took a quick 10-6 lead with 14:13 left in the first half on the back of eight points by Keyshawn Woods, but Woods would quickly find himself in foul trouble after that and would have to retire to the bench for most of the remainder of the first half.
That’s when Michigan State got back in the game.
The Spartans quickly tied it up at 15 with 9:41 left in the first half and ended up taking a 36-30 lead into halftime as they capitalized by scoring 15 of their points off of Ohio State’s ten first-half turnovers.
Michigan State also shot 64 percent from the field in the second half while the Buckeyes only shot 38 percent in the first 20 minutes.
Despite all of that, Ohio State still only trailed by six at the half.
The Buckeyes came charging out of the half as they went on a quick 10-2 run to take a 40-38 lead just 3:09 into the second half.
The Spartans quickly responded with a 9-0 run of their own to take a 47-40 lead with 14:57 remaining.
Michigan State capitalized on Ohio State’s foul trouble in the second half as Kaleb Wesson fouled out with 9:41 still remaining in the game after only scoring seven points as the Spartans built up a 21-point lead with only 4:23 to go. C.J. Jackson was also benched for a good portion of the second half with four fouls himself.
Ohio State managed to battle back to cut the lead down to five with nine seconds remaining, but the Spartans managed to hang on to secure a 77-70 victory.
Keyshawn Woods followed up his solid performance against Indiana with another great showing against Michigan State as the senior forward posted 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the loss.
Kaleb Wesson didn’t have much impact offensively or on the glass before fouling out of the quarterfinal match-up as the sophomore big man only had seven points and three rebounds against the Spartans.
Kaleb’s brother, Andre, was the only other Buckeye to join Woods in double-digit scoring as the junior forward posted 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the loss.
The Buckeyes have struggled with turnovers all season long, and that problem plagued them once again on Friday as Ohio State turned the ball over 15 times in their Friday afternoon loss.
Ohio State will now wait to see what their ultimate fate is regarding the NCAA Tournament as the Buckeyes sit at 19-14 overall on the season after concluding their regular season and conference tournament play.
The March Madness Selection Show will be at 6:00 p.m. ET this Sunday, March 17th on CBS as the Buckeyes will find out whether or not they are going to the big dance.
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