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5th ranked Spartans hang on to hand Ohio State first loss of season in Big Ten battle

Michigan State guard Gary Harris
Michigan State guard Gary Harris

EAST LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Michigan State squandered a 17-point lead late in regulation against Ohio State but the 5th-ranked Spartans regrouped to win in overtime 72-68 with MSU handing the number-3 Buckeyes their first loss of the season. Michigan State’s victory in their Big Ten home opener improved their record to 14-1 and 3-and-0 in the conference while OSU slipped to 15-1 and 2-1 in league play. The Spartans needed a Keith Appling 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds left in the extra period to break a 66-66 tie. Appling finished with a game-high 20 points while Adreian Payne battled through a right foot sprain to pour in 18 points off the bench and Gary Harris supplied 13 points in the hard-fought win.

The Spartans next game is Saturday afternoon when they host Minnesota at the Breslin Center. Tonight’s schedule includes Western Michigan at home against Toledo in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams.                                                              

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