COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Maurice Ager came off the bench to tie his
career high with 18 points and Michigan State shot 73.3 percent
from the field to beat Ohio State 84-70 on Saturday.
The Spartans, who shot 81 percent in the first half, missed
their final four shots of the game or they would have set school
and Big Ten accuracy records and could have broken the NCAA mark of
81.4 percent set by New Mexico against Oregon State in 1985.
Michigan State (12-8, 7-2 Big Ten) ended up 33 of 45 from the
Ager hit 7 of 9 shots from the field, Hill made 6 of 8, Torbert
was 6 of 7, Anderson made all four of his shots and Davis was 4 for
Ohio State shot 20 free throws before the Spartans went to the
line for the first time, 3:38 into the second half.
The Buckeyes (11-11, 3-6), who had won two in a row, never got
closer than 11 points in the second half after falling behind by as
many as 20.
With just under 5 minutes left, Michigan State was 33 of 41 from
the field for 80.5 percent and was on pace to break the school
(73.8 percent) and Big Ten (75.5 percent) records.
The Buckeyes took three more attempts from the field and shot a
respectable 44 percent but never got the lead under double digits
in the game's final 32 minutes.
After Stockman hit a 3-pointer to open the game, the Spartans
put on a clinic. They made 10 of their first 11 shots to build a
22-10 lead, and didn't miss their second shot -- a layup by Jason
Andreas -- until midway through the half.
What made the 48-30 halftime lead even more surprising was that
Ohio State shot 18 free throws (making 12) and the Spartans never
went to the line.
It just seemed they cooled off in the second half against the
Buckeyes, as their percentage dropped more than 17 points to 63.2
Ohio State hit four 3-pointers in a row in a 12-3 run to draw as
close as 62-51 with 12 minutes remaining. After a miss by Davis
inside, Anderson hit a jumper in the lane and Hill nailed a
3-pointer from the top of the key to end that threat.
Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien wore a dark suit and Michigan
State's Tom Izzo a sport coat and dress pants -- each capping off
their ensemble with bright white sneakers. Both wore the shoes to
show support for the Coaches vs. Cancer program.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.