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Spartans host No. 4 Ohio State in must-win contest

Michigan State coming off big win over #5 Illinois
The Michigan State Spartans tip off against the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Michigan State Spartans tip off against the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes.(WILX)
Published: Feb. 25, 2021 at 8:55 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2021 at 11:25 PM EST
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The Michigan State Spartans face the #4 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes at the Breslin Center Thursday night. Tip is scheduled for 9 PM.

The Spartans are hoping to keep their momentum going in a short turnaround after a 81-72 win over #5 Illinois Tuesday.

The Spartans are starting Joshua Langford, Rocket Watts, Aaron Henry, Julius Marble, and Gabe Brown, according to their statistics website. It’s the same starting 5 as their Tuesday lineup.

Live Updates Below:

15:21 1H: Michigan State 11, Ohio State 9. The Spartans are rocking early, thanks to a quick 7 points from Aaron Henry. They’re 5-7 from the floor.

11:30 1H: Ohio State 18, Michigan State 17. Freshman Mady Sissoko gets two fouls in his first 15 seconds on the floor. Henry adds 2; he’s 4-5 with nine points.

7:25 1H: Ohio State 24, Michigan State 22. The Spartans are having trouble containing Duane Washington, Jr., a Grand Rapids, Michigan native who has scored nine. Joshua Langford got two quick fouls in 10 seconds.

3:32 1H: Ohio State 35, Michigan State 29. The Spartans are dealing with some foul trouble early. Both Henry and Langford have two fouls, and the Buckeyes are taking advantage of that absence. Washington Jr. has 11 points. Henry has been quiet for a while, and Gabe Brown has nine as well.

HALFTIME: Ohio State 38, Michigan State 33.

16:00 2H: Ohio State 42, Michigan State 40. Washington Jr. has 15 now for the Buckeyes. Ohio State’s coach Chris Holtman gets a technical foul.

13:24 2H: Ohio State 49, Michigan State 40. The Buckeyes are on a 9-0 run since the technical foul. The Spartans are turning it over, they have 12 so far.

11:28 2H: Ohio State 49, Michigan State 42. MSU commits another turnover...this time from Joshua Langford...his second. He’s 0-5 from the floor.

7:49 2H: Ohio State 53, Michigan State 50. The Spartans are making a run.

3:23 2H: Ohio State 61, Michigan State 60. It’s a 1-point game, the Spartans have 1 second to shoot coming out of the timeout. Aaron Henry has 14, Brown has 11.

FINAL: Michigan State 71, Ohio State 67. Spartans win their second straight over a top-5 opponent.

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