January 5th, 2019


Michigan State overcomes first-half hiccup to beat Ohio State and goes 4-0 in Big Ten Detroit News
For a minute on Saturday, Michigan State was experiencing a miserable case of déjà vu. In an early Big Ten showdown at Ohio State, the Spartans watched the Buckeyes explode in the final minutes of the first half, much like they did a year ago when Michigan State was the No. 1 team in the nation and got blown out.

Cassius Winston, Nick Ward carry Michigan State past Ohio State, 86-77 Detroit Free Press
Michigan State basketball faded last year at Ohio State after a late first-half run by the Buckeyes. Cassius Winston, Nick Ward and the Spartans’ veterans made sure they didn’t wilt again. Winston and Ward combined for 46 points, and No. 8 MSU got a number of key plays from its upperclassmen down the stretch to pull out an 86-77 Big Ten road victory over No. 14 Ohio State on Saturday at Value City Arena.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State basketball’s 86-77 win at Ohio State Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ 86-77 win Saturday at Ohio State.

Michigan State pulls away late to top No. 14 Ohio State on the road MLive
Ohio State once again put Michigan State on its heels with a late first-half scoring barrage. But this time, Michigan State had a response. No. 8 Michigan State pulled away in the final five minutes to top No. 14 Ohio State, 86-77, on Saturday afternoon at Value City Arena.

Michigan State proves it’s elite in gritty Ohio State win Spartan Avenue
It was a game of runs and at halftime, Spartan fans were collectively muttering “just like last year” but Tom Izzo and Michigan State made the correct halftime adjustments and came out swinging in the second half.

Michigan State fends off Ohio State in Columbus
Michigan State passed its first major test of the new year, snapping a two-game losing streak in Value City Arena with an 86-77 win over No. 14 Ohio State Saturday afternoon. After an uneasy first half, the No. 8-ranked Spartans (13-2, 4-0 Big Ten) shot a blistering 76.5 percent in the final 20 minutes to remain unbeaten in league play.

Big Second Half Propels No. 8 Michigan State Past No. 14 Ohio State, 86-77 MSU Official
Junior guard Cassius Winston (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) scored 25 points and junior forward Nick Ward (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) had 21 points and eight rebounds as No. 8 Michigan State used a big second half to pull away from No. 14 Ohio State for an 86-77 win at Value City Arena on Saturday afternoon.