January 15th, 2017

Michigan State was hoping to build some momentum Sunday afternoon at Ohio State. Instead, the Spartans head back home still struggling to find any consistency. Miles Bridges scored 24 points, but he also turned the ball over six times as Ohio State held off Michigan State, 72-67, at Value City Arena for its first Big Ten victory of the season.

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Bridges has big game but Michigan State felled by Ohio State, 72-67 Detroit Free Press
Welcome to the Big Ten 2017, Michigan State, where anything can happen and records are virtually meaningless. The Spartans watched an early eight-point lead evaporate before halftime, fought back, then fizzled down the stretch Sunday afternoon at Ohio State. JaQuan Lyle’s 22 points led five Buckeyes in double figures in their first conference victory of the season, 72-67 over MSU.

Michigan State loses at Ohio State, 72-67, despite 24 points by Miles Bridges Land of 10
Ohio State earned its first Big Ten victory with a 72-67 win Sunday afternoon over Michigan State. Miles Bridges scored 24 points for the Spartans (12-7, 4-2), who shot 50 percent from the field but turned the ball over 17 times in the game, leading to 16 points for the Buckeyes (11-7, 1-4). Michigan State turned the ball over 12 times in the second half.

Michigan State stumbles down the stretch, loses at Ohio State MLive
In his pregame radio show on Sunday, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo pondered, “Are we growing up? Or are we just going to go up and down?” That philosophical question met the stark reality of a desperate team. Ohio State, looking to avoid its first 0-5 start in the Big Ten since 1997-98, beat the Spartans, 72-67, on Saturday at Value City Arena.

OSU earns first Big Ten win as Spartans fall on the road State News
It’s been a point of emphasis for head coach Tom Izzo and the Spartans (12-7, 4-2 Big Ten) to come out of the gate with more energy and take an early lead against opponents on the road. Sunday would be a test for Izzo as MSU traveled to the Value City Arena to take on the Ohio State University Buckeyes (11-7, 1-4 Big Ten). There, the Spartans would falter to the Buckeyes, 72-67.

Bridges’ 24 points not enough in MSU’s 72-67 loss to Ohio State Spartan Tailgate
The road continues to be unkind to the Michigan State men’s basketball team. After an 18-point home win over Minnesota earlier in the week, MSU went to Columbus and lost to Ohio State 72-67 on Sunday at Value City Arena. The Spartans fell to 12-7 overall and 4-2 in Big Ten play, while the Buckeyes picked up their first conference win of the season and snapped a five-game losing streak to MSU.

Michigan State Falls to Ohio State 72-67 MSUSpartans.com
Ohio State pulled away down the stretch to beat Michigan State 72-67 on Sunday. Bridges paced Michigan State with 24 points on 9-for-12 shooting.

Three Takeaways: MSU Wastes Golden Opportunity, loses at Ohio State 72-67 The Only Colors
At the end of the day, who knows how far this team can really go but their best chance to get there is by keeping role players in their roles. That was not the case today.

What he said: Tom Izzo on Michigan State’s 72-67 loss at Ohio State Land of 10
The Spartans led 15-7 early after making their first six-field goal attempts, and had a 58-56 lead after a Nick Ward basket with 7:31 left to play, But Ohio State went on a 10-0 run to grab control of the game. Lyle scored the first five points of that run as part of his 22-point game. He made 5 of 7 3-pointers in the game despite having made just 31.3 percent of his 3-pointers entering the game.

Turnovers, among other things, sink the Spartans at Ohio State MLive
Michigan State fell on the road on Saturday, 72-67, at Ohio State. Some immediate observations from Value City Arena.

Spartans Falter in Road Loss to Buckeyes Impact Sports
Michigan State went into Columbus, Ohio. on Sunday afternoon looking to build off their beat down at home of Minnesota, but left with a loss and multiple question marks heading into the bulk of their Big Ten schedule, as the Spartans fell to Ohio State 72-67.

Ward struggles in spoiled homecoming Detroit News
It wasn’t exactly the homecoming Nick Ward was looking for. The Michigan State freshman from Gahanna, Ohio, just a little more than 10 miles east of Ohio State’s campus, was hoping to have a big game Sunday in front of what amounted to a hometown crowd.

Tom Izzo questions, blames himself for substitutions Detroit Free Press
Every shot Michigan State took kept falling, all six of them. Nearly every one Ohio State took missed. The problem, in Tom Izzo’s mind, is the ball kept falling into the Buckeyes’ hands. Out went four of his starters. In came four of his reserves. And away went the momentum, just 3:09 into the Spartans’ eventual 72-67 loss to Ohio State on Sunday at Value City Arena.

Talkin’ Spartans: Analyzing MSU’s loss at Ohio State (Take 2)
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari make a hiccup-filled second attempt to break down the Spartans’ loss to Ohio State after a rousing first take that’ll never be seen.

Matt Charboneau on Michigan State’s loss at Ohio State Detroit News