Thomas Gets Little Help as Bucks Fall to Sparty

By Chris Lauderback on January 19, 2013 at 8:17p

Deshaun Thomas was an absolute beast, scoring 28 points but it wasn't enough as the Buckeyes fell to Michigan State, 59-56, this afternoon in the Breslin Center. 

Dialed In: DT hit 10/20 shots including 6/11 from downtown

His performance was Player of the Year caliber as no other Buckeye scored more than six points. 

The Buckeyes had a chance, trailing 55-53 with :25 left but Aaron Craft missed a triple from the buzzer and with everyone crashing the glass, Keith Appling leaked out for a breakaway dunk to take a 57-53 lead. 

Lenzelle Smith Jr. drained a triple on the ensuing possession cutting the deficit to 57-56 with 10.8 left but with OSU forced to foul, Appling hit a pair of free throws with 7.9 to play making it 59-56 bad guys. 

Out of a timeout, Shannon Scott decided to run up the left sideline and launch a running three that had no chance. Game over. 

Ohio State fell into a 13-2 hole early but responded with a 15-0 burst to take a 17-13 lead before eventually trailing 30-26 at the break. 

The Buckeyes shot 40% from the floor and just 62% from the stripe (8/13) while committing 14 turnovers.

It's a tribute to Thomas that the game was even close as the Buckeyes continue to look for someone to step up offensively.

The loss drops Ohio State to 13-4 overall and 3-2 in conference.


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