Jody Victor: Jamar Butler became the 43rd Ohio State men's basketball player to reach 1,000 career points – he led both teams in scoring with 21 points to up his career scoring mark to 1,016.
Butler also knocked down all six foul shots to up his school record streak of consecutive makes to 31 over the last 10 games. Butler has not missed a free throw since his first attempt of a two shot foul vs. Coppin State Dec 10.
In addition to leading the team in scoring, Butler also was the top assist man in the game vs. the Spartans with seven helpers. He is on pace to become Ohio State's career leader in assists. He has 466 and needs to average 3.6 assists the remainder of the season to catch Kelvan Ransey (516, 1977-80).
Ohio State had its two-game win streak in East Lansing broken with the loss. Thad Matta is 3-3 in the Michigan State series.
Senior Matt Terwilliger scored eight points and tied for the team lead with five rebounds over 21 minutes of game action. The effort marks the first time Ohio State has lost a game (27-1) when Terwilliger scores four or more points in a game.
Freshman Kosta Koufos blocked three Spartan shots to up his season total to a team-high 32 for the season. He is No. 6 all time in blocks in the Ohio State Freshman record books, Gerald Eaker (1994) is No. 5 with 36. Greg Oden owns the record with 105 a season ago.
Ohio State trailed the Spartans 32-11 with 3:54 to play in the first half but cut the lead to 39-36 at the 15:38 mark of the second half for a run of 25-7 over 8 minutes, 16 seconds.
Butler scored the final 14 points of the game for the Buckeyes on six foul shots, a pair of 3-pointers and a layup – the effort was the third of the season in which he scored 12 or more consecutive points in a game for the Buckeyes (15 vs. Illinois, 12 vs. Purdue and 14 vs. the Spartans).