Michigan State clamps down on Ohio State; how bad is Nick Ward’s hand? Detroit Free Press
Nick Ward came out of halftime with a wrist wrap on his left hand. Cassius Winston couldn’t hit his shot and picked up his third foul. Xavier Tillman sat on the bench in foul trouble, joining Aaron Henry who did not start the second half and played sparingly. No. 11 Michigan State basketball needed a spark against Ohio State with its two stars struggling and its regular rotation out of whack. It found it from unexpected sources. Starting on defense.
Defense, strong bench helps Michigan State pull away in win over Ohio State MLive.com
First came the injury, then the foul trouble, then the ineffectiveness from Michigan State’s best player. With eight minutes left in a tie game against Ohio State, it all combined to force Michigan State into an unorthodox lineup: two non-rotation freshmen and an ailing guard trying to fend off an upset bid.
No Nick Ward, no problem in Ohio State win Spartan Avenue
No Nick Ward, no Josh Langford and a Cassius Winston who had one of his worst games of the season and you’d think that Michigan State would lose to a team like Ohio State which was 16-8 coming into East Lansing on Sunday. Wrong. Michigan State stood strong thanks to its seniors, putting up a huge second-half fight, beating the Buckeyes, 62-44.
Without injured Nick Ward, Michigan State surges past Ohio State Detroit News
Michigan State was in trouble Sunday afternoon. It was the second half against Ohio State as Nick Ward sat on the bench with an injured left hand. Xavier Tillman was next to him with four fouls, and there was Cassius Winston with three fouls and running out of gas. It left No. 11 Michigan State with a lineup it hasn’t seen much this season. But the Spartans somehow managed to wrestle control of the game from Ohio State on their way to a 62-44 victory at the Breslin Center to remain in a tie for first place in the Big Ten.
No. 11 Michigan State basketball pulls away from Ohio State State News
In one of the ugliest performances of the season, No. 11 Michigan State (21-5, 12-3 Big Ten) survived an upset bid from the tough Ohio State Buckeyes (16-9, 6-8 Big Ten), 62-44. Senior guard Matt McQuaid led the Spartans with 14 points, including two big shots during the run that decided the game.
Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State basketball’s second-half rally and win over Ohio State Lansing State Journal
1. McQuaid and Goins rise up and rescue MSU during an incredible second-half stretch
2. If Nick Ward’s wrist is seriously hurt, that’s trouble
3. Freshman thoughts – the Ohio State edition, Part II
Michigan State finishes regular season sweep of Ohio State Spartan Tailgate
Ohio State owned the final five minutes of the first half. Michigan State controlled the final seven minutes of the game, holding the Buckeyes scoreless from the floor in that stretch as the Spartans scrapped their way to an ugly 62-44 win Sunday at Breslin Center.