One month to the day after Michigan State football ended Ohio State’s undefeated season, the Spartans basketball team followed suit.
It looked like it would be in easy fashion, but it took overtime for MSU to take down OSU 72-68.
Keith Appling hit a 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left break a 66-66 tie.
The Spartans led by as many as 16 in the second half, but Ohio State fought back – led by Sam Thompson – to force overtime with a 20-3 run in the final seven minutes.
With 1:34 left, Appling was called for charge outside the 3-point line. Ohio State missed a pair of shots and Gary Harris recovered the loose ball, but tried to pass it and Aaron Craft drove on it and called timeout with 1:01 left.
Craft hit a layup off a quick inbound play to pull the Buckeyes within one.
Payne hit a free throw to put the lead back to two, but Amir Williams slammed home a Craft missed layup.
With the shot clock expired, Appling turned the ball over and Shannon Scott went racing down the court, but Appling helped force a missed layup and the game headed for overtime.
The Spartans won the extra frame 14-10, fueled by 3-pointer from Kenny Kaminski and Payne.
A Craft layup and Thompson 3-pointer knotted it up, but Appling's 3 gave the Spartans the edge as he sealed it with three free throws.
Appling had a game-high 20 points. Despite doubts if he would play at all, Payne had 18 points. Gary Harris chipped in 13.