Boxscore
Ohio St. 72, Michigan St 70
Sunday, March 4, 2012 4:00 PM
Location - Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan
Officials - Mike Eades, Ted Valentine, Terry Wymer
Attendance - 14797

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Ohio St. 29 43 72
Michigan St 38 32 70

Recap


No. 11 Ohio State 72, No. 5 Michigan State 70:
William Buford's contested jumper from the top of the key with one second remaining completed No. 11 Ohio State's comeback victory at No. 5 Michigan State, forcing a three-way tie for the Big Ten regular-season title.

Despite the loss, the Spartans (24-7, 13-5 Big Ten) still head to the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 1 seed, with Michigan second and the Buckeyes (25-6, 13-5 Big Ten) third.

Buford, who scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half, took a handoff from Aaron Craft and drilled a shot from just inside the 3-point line to break the game's 10th tie and put the visitors in front with a second remaining. Draymond Green's final 3-point attempt for Michigan State came up short at the buzzer.

Ohio State fell behind by as many as 15 points early at 26-11, but stayed within range by making 14 of 18 first-half free throws and forcing 10 Michigan State turnovers to offset 25 percent (seven for 28) shooting from the field.

Jared Sullinger finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes despite hitting just five of 17 shots. Green was six of 18 from the floor but still paced the Spartans in defeat with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Brandon Wood added 15 points off the bench.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Ohio State earned a share of the conference title for the third consecutive year... Michigan State came into the game ranked second nationally in field-goal percentage defense but Ohio State made 17 of 29 shots (58.6 percent) in the second half Sunday... The Buckeyes outrebounded the Spartans, the Big Ten's top team on the glass, 37-34... The two teams have played 10 games in which both were nationally ranked, splitting those contests evenly.

Ohio St Buckeyes

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
William Buford 39:00 8-14 2-6 7-11 0 3 3 1 1 3 2 1 25
Aaron Craft 40:00 2-5 0-2 5-7 2 5 7 6 3 4 1 0 9
Lenzelle Smith Jr. 22:00 2-4 0-1 1-2 1 3 4 1 4 0 1 0 5
Jared Sullinger 33:00 5-17 0-1 4-4 4 6 10 4 4 1 1 0 14
Deshaun Thomas 39:00 5-12 2-4 0-1 1 3 4 2 2 1 1 0 12
Shannon Scott 7:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
Evan Ravenel 8:00 2-4 0-0 3-3 0 2 2 2 3 0 0 0 7
Sam Thompson 12:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 3 0 0
TOTAL 200 24-57 4-14 20-28 9 24 33 17 19 9 10 1 72
  42.1% 28.6% 71.4% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 10

Michigan St Spartans

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Branden Dawson 7:00 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 4
Keith Appling 36:00 4-11 1-3 2-5 0 4 4 3 2 2 3 1 11
Draymond Green 36:00 6-18 1-3 6-8 1 11 12 3 4 1 4 1 19
Adreian Payne 18:00 2-4 0-0 4-4 2 3 5 0 1 0 3 4 8
Austin Thornton 30:00 1-2 0-1 0-0 1 4 5 3 3 1 0 0 2
Derrick Nix 21:00 4-6 0-0 3-4 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 2 11
Travis Trice 6:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
Brandan Kearney 12:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0
Alex Gauna 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0
Brandon Wood 33:00 6-12 3-7 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 1 0 0 15
TOTAL 200 25-55 5-14 15-21 5 27 32 13 21 7 13 8 70
  45.5% 35.7% 71.4% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 13
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