February 15th, 2017

Michigan State avenged a loss from a month ago and — more importantly — added one more win to its NCAA Tournament resume by beating Ohio State 74-66 on Tuesday at Breslin Center. Alvin Ellis hit six 3-pointers, doubling his career high, to score 18 points and lead the Spartans. Miles Bridges went just 1-for-5 from distances but finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Nick Ward scored 15. Cassius Winston tallied eight points and also dished out nine assists.

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Surging Spartans get measure of revenge in win over Buckeyes Detroit News
It didn’t come easy, but at a point in the season where every victory is critical for a Michigan State team still scrambling to build its NCAA Tournament resume, it got exactly what it needed on Tuesday night at the Breslin Center. Senior Alvin Ellis scored 18 points to lead Michigan State to the 74-66 victory over Ohio State, the fourth win in the last five games for the Spartans and avenging a loss at Ohio State in mid-January.

Alvin Ellis provides boost for MSU in win over Ohio State Detroit Free Press
An unsuspecting arrow-slinger shot Michigan State to a hot start. A big run in the second half and some grit down the stretch propelled the Spartans to a critical 74-66 victory Tuesday night at Breslin Center.

Michigan State hangs on for 74-66 win over Ohio State at home Land of 10
Michigan State (16-10, 8-5 Big Ten) held off a persistent Ohio State (15-12, 5-9) team 74-66 at the Breslin Center on Tuesday for its second straight win. Alvin Ellis III led the Spartans with a career-high 18 points, while Miles Bridges added 17 and 11 rebounds. Freshman point guard Cassius Winston dished out nine assists on the night.

Michigan State fends off Ohio State for fourth win in five games MLive
It wasn’t particularly pretty. It didn’t particularly need to be. Michigan State needed to fend off a capable, bothersome group from Ohio State on Tuesday night. It did so, winning 74-66, and putting a game that needed to be a win into the win column.

Spartan Stars: MSU’s top performers from win over Ohio State Spartan Tailgate
Bridges played well, but he had plenty of help, including a big performance in a big moment from an MSU senior. The combined effort of the Spartans was enough for a 74-66 win that moved Michigan State one step closer to an NCAA Tournament berth.

Spartans use late run to defeat Ohio State isportsweb
In a must win game, Michigan State was able to knock off the Ohio State Buckeyes by a final score of 74-66 on Tuesday night at the Breslin Center. “It was a great win for us. A win that we really needed,” freshman guard Joshua Langford said. The Spartans played well on both sides of the ball, shooting 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc while holding the Buckeyes to 42 percent shooting from the field.

Ellis Shoots Spartans Past Buckeyes Impact Sports
Living on the bubble means every game for the rest of the year is huge for Michigan State. Luckily for the Spartans, Alvin Ellis III made sure the Spartans stayed afloat in their NCAA tournament hopes. The Spartans defeated Ohio State 74-66 at the Breslin Center Tuesday night, avenging their 72-67 loss to the Buckeyes in Columbus on Jan. 15 and avoiding a hit to their less-than-stellar tournament resume.

Ellis’ 3-Pointers Help Michigan State Beat Ohio State 74-66 MSUSpartans.com
Alvin Ellis chose to stay at Michigan State, resisting the urge of following two of his former teammates and transferring to another school. The Spartans are glad he did.

MSU earn redemption against OSU 74-66 State News
MSU men’s basketball (16-10, 8-5 Big Ten) defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes (15-12, 5-9 Big Ten) on the two-year anniversary of former-MSU guard Denzel Valentine’s game-winner on Valentine’s Day, 74-66.

Three Takeaways: Michigan State outlasts Ohio State, 74-66 The Only Colors
It’s February, which means the chances for much needed wins are getting increasingly rare. MSU was able to make the most of one of those opportunities tonight as they beat Thad Matta’s Ohio State Buckeyes.

Michigan State, a ‘grinder’ team, feeds off a big night from Alvin Ellis III MLive
Michigan State beat Ohio State, 74-66, at Breslin Center on Tuesday night to improve to 16-10 overall and 8-5 in the Big Ten. Some postgame observations from Breslin Center

Talkin’ Spartans: Analyzing MSU’s win over Ohio State Detroit Free Press
Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari break down the Spartans’ 74-66 win over Ohio State Tuesday night at Breslin Center.

What he said: Tom Izzo rips Dan Dakich, lauds team’s performance against Ohio State Land of 10
Before he could get into Michigan State’s 74-66 win over Ohio State on Tuesday night, Spartans coach Tom Izzo had to address something that bothered him. Periodically throughout the game, the Izzone student section chanted “We hate Dakich” at ESPN color commentator Dan Dakich. Dakich had been responding to Michigan State fans on Twitter with jabs that they could not get accepted into Michigan and that “nobody whines like Sparty.”

Couch: MSU lucky to have Alvin Ellis – and Ellis’ voice Lansing State Journal
If you had told me then that the only way the Spartans would beat Ohio State in 2017 is if Ellis scored 15 straight MSU points and hit his first five 3-pointers, I’d have flown to Las Vegas and wagered my soul on the Buckeyes. By the end of Tuesday night, I’d have been penniless and soulless.