EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Ohio State gave itself a shot to stay undefeated, rallying from a 17-point deficit with 7-plus minutes left at Michigan State.
Aaron Craft had a lot to do with that.
Keith Appling, though, made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left in overtime and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help the fifth-ranked Spartans beat the third-ranked Buckeyes 72-68 on Tuesday night.
“I’m proud we came back, but we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be in this caliber of a game,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “You can’t come on the road and have 21 turnovers.”
The Spartans (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) led 55-38 and the Buckeyes forced overtime with a 20-3 run to close regulation. Michigan State did just enough in the extra period to earn its second win over a top three team.
“I should be happier than I am,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “But I’m a big picture guy and you shouldn’t have those kinds of letdowns.”
Ohio State (15-1, 2-1) entered the day as one of six unbeaten teams in Division I, getting off to its best start since the 2010-11 season when it began 24-0.
The Buckeyes almost ended the night still undefeated after a remarkable comeback.
GO BUCKS! GO BUCKS! GO BUCKS!