Undefeated No More: Buckeyes Fall to Spartans in Overtime After Late Rally

By Kyle Rowland on January 7, 2014 at 11:26p
Craft did everything again, but his team came up just short.

Just like football.

In a replay from last month’s Big Ten football championship, highly ranked Michigan State once again put a heartbreaking loss on an undefeated Ohio State team. Only this time the venue was the Breslin Center and the sport was basketball.

Keith Appling made a three-pointer from the top of the key in the final 30 seconds and added three free throws to lead the Spartans to a dramatic 72-68 overtime victory.

Trailing by 17 points with seven minutes remaining in regulation, the Buckeyes used a 20-3 run to send the game to overtime. Sam Thompson had nine points during the spurt and Shannon Scott came up with a steal with five seconds left, but missed a hard-charging, contested layup for the win.

Fifth-ranked Michigan State outscored Ohio State 14-10 during the extra stanza to stave off a furious Buckeye rally and hand them their first loss of the season. In the process, the Spartans staked their claim as the Big Ten’s best.

It was fewer than three weeks ago when Ohio State came back from eight down in the final 58 seconds to beat Notre Dame at Madison Square Garden.

Michigan State shot a robust 58 percent from three-point range and scored 26 points off a season-high 21 Buckeye turnovers. The turnovers favored the Spartans 17-6 at one point until Ohio State forced seven miscues late in the second half. Michigan State ended up with 17 turnovers for the game.

Ross 22 1-7 1-2 2-3 2 2 0 1 2 0 5
Williams 35 3-3 0-0 2-4 11 1 0 3 3 3 8
Scott 34 4-8 1-2 0-0 6 4 3 0 6 4 9
Craft 45 3-8 0-2 3-3 2 6 1 0 4 4 9
Smith Jr. 27 3-11 0-3 1-1 7 1 1 0 1 1 7
Loving 23 2-8 1-5 5-6 1 0 1 1 1 1 10
Thompson 28 7-10 1-3 3-5 8 0 2 0 1 1 18
Della Valle 3 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
McDonald 8 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 0 1 1 2
Totals 225 24-58 4-18 16-24 42 14 8 5 21 16 68

The Spartans have won seven consecutive games since a mysterious home loss to North Carolina in December. Michigan State is 14-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference. The No. 3 Buckeyes fall to 15-1 and 2-1 with an important game against visiting Iowa looming Saturday.

Ohio State’s shooting was as frigid as the sub-zero temperatures outside until the late push. Games away from Value City Arena have resulted in poor shooting percentage, with Tuesday’s showing following in line. The Buckeyes shot 41.4 percent the field and 22.2 percent from three-point range. On the season, Ohio State’s three-point percentage is below 20 percent in games away from Columbus.

The Buckeyes top two offensive threats – LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. – finished a combined 4-of-18 from the field with 12 points. Sam Thompson was the team’s high scorer with 18 points and Marc Loving added 10.

Both teams struggled in the first half, clanging shots from afar and missing bunnies. Ohio State only converted nine field goal attempts (33.3 percent), but the Spartans weren’t much better, as they made 11-of-29 field goal attempts in the half. The difference was Michigan State’s five 3s compared to the Buckeyes’ two.


  • Ohio State ended regulation on a 20-3 run.
  • Believe it or not, this was the first top-five matchup between Ohio State and Michigan State

The Spartans stormed out to an 11-5 lead behind multiple three-pointers even as Adreian Payne sat on the bench with a foot sprain. The injury was aggravated during warmups and Payne did not start. Still, he found a way to score 18 points in 32 minutes. Key reserve Travis Trice was out with an illness.

Appling led Michigan State with 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

A veteran-laden Ohio State team looked uneasy the first few minutes, an uncharacteristic quality for the Craft-led Buckeyes. But they secured a lead halfway through the first half until Scott went to the bench with two fouls.

The junior guard sat out the final 8:39 of the first half, during which the Spartans outscored Ohio State 14-5, including a 9-0 run over the final 3:40.


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CPDenn's picture

Absolutely love this team. No quit. Loving is going to be REAL improved the next time we meet up with them in Columbus. 

Mute's picture

The wide open threes for MSU all night were absolutely excruciating

ohiowhitesnake's picture

Tough road loss against a top 5 team, things will get better. Loving will be an absolute beast. If there is such thing as a good loss, this was it. Go bucks!

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

okiebuck's picture

We got jobbed; f,,,d at the end of regulation. No matter; we are as good as ANYONE in the country! Way not to quit Bucks!!!

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

Osu2105's picture

The ball was not in the cylinder...

buckeye4life050233's picture

No but appling fouled scott to make him miss the easy layup

Osu2105's picture

It was questionable but do you think they're really going to call that foul in that situation. 

buckeye4life050233's picture

If it was the opposite way and it was craft or scott on appling, you bet ya it was going to get called

Haybucks's picture

Yeah, I think they've called it on a bigger stage at a more important time of the season.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


Whoa Nellie's picture

Opinions vary.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

bobby_gunz's picture

quoting Roadhouse?...sweet

njclebuckeye5's picture

If Scott just uses his left hand he gives himself an infinitely better shot at protecting the ball and making it

Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!

RedQueenRace's picture

Sparty 11 of 19 from three.  OSU 4 of 18.
Better free throw shooting or just one more 3 would have won this in regulation.

hodge's picture

What a game though.  I love the fight in these guys.
And plus, unlike football, one loss doesn't mean anything more than a digit in the right column of your record.

Ralph Waldo Enarson's picture

Agreed. A close OT loss to a top 5 team on the road isn't going to hurt you come seeding time. A 19 point loss on the road? That'll hurt you.
Love to see the fight in these guys, proving to both the pollsters and themselves that they can stay in any game.

Osu2105's picture

Can't get too upset over a January loss in college basketball. This team has the qualities to make a run come March and with Matta they will reach their potential. Gonna be an exciting next few months

ibuck's picture

This game, though a close loss, could be a very good thing for the Buckeyes. Matta & coaches  will reinforce learning to trust their system, never give up, and play hard the whole game. And if they improve their free throw shooting and rebound well, take better care of the ball, they will do well the rest of the season, and hopefully, into the NCAA tourney.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

chowoon97's picture

Through a loss, the Buckeyes will grow greatly. 

TheShookster's picture

Feel like Marc Loving did a hell of a lot more to win the game than lose it. Kind of like Philly Brown the other night. If I could call anything the best loss ever, that might be it. 

He ain't even stretch doe!!

mtgerken's picture

Loving is going to be a great player down the road!

"Because I couldn't go for three!"


mclovin's picture

Mich st gets the win but ohio state, after an early season of easy games, got to see that  they are for real. They played a TERRIBLE game and almost won on the road against a decent MSU team. Hate to lose but let's face it, in basketball it doesn't matter till March. Hopefully the guys who brought them back get some confidence and hopefully Ross gets the wake up call he dearly needs. 

ibuck's picture

To me, OSU only played poorly the last 5 minutes of first half and first 10 minutes of 2nd half. Then, with 10 minutes to play, OSU went on a 22-8 run. That was a good stretch of basketball.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

mclovin's picture

Agree to disagree. We scored 21 points in the first half and were down 17 with 7 to go. It was an exceptional comeback and solid showing in OT, so they end up coming out with a B grade. But before the comeback definitely a D or lower.  

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

They played poorly the entire game except for the last 7 minutes of regulation.  Lot's of sloppy dribble drives going no where with unforced turnovers (Craft, Smith, and Scott all guilty).  Poor shot selection early in the shot clock half the time, not finding a good shot before the end of the shot clock the other half.  Craft was the only one playing any kind of defense most of the game.  Amir looked like the last 2 season's version of him most of the game.  Ross was ice cold.  Free throw shooting was awful (just like most of the season).
And yet we had a chance to win on the road against the #5 team in the country.  This tells me that we could potentially win the rest of our regular season games, except for maybe at Wisconsin (which we still have a shot at).  Don't be surprised if we end up 29-2 or 30-1.  On March 9th, Sparty better watch out...

tennbuckeye19's picture

I hate that OSU lost and I have major questions about the offense, but to come back the way they did and force overtime was quite pretty awesome. 

Ralph Waldo Enarson's picture

I do think the refs' apparent determination not to call many fouls on drives exposed them a bit. When they've been out of offensive rhythm, the Bucks have tended to either jack threes or drive hard to the hoop to get to the line.
Usually that'll get things going. Tonight, without calls that'll normally be there, we saw what we saw, which was an offensive that took a long time to get going.

mtgerken's picture

The emotional highs and lows in the past few Ohio State games have been way to much for me to handle!

"Because I couldn't go for three!"


dubjayfootball90's picture

Yea, I have been all over the place. I think my apartment neighbors think I need to see a shrink. 

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

DNARCO's picture

Hearing that chant was too painful...and this has never been more true:


dubjayfootball90's picture

This was a damn good game. I was so frustrated with Amir in the first half, then he turned it around unbelievably in the 2nd half. I am wondering if someone told him how the announcers were ragging on him being soft...
Either way, this game will make Loving grow up fast (Not saying he needs to grow up, but these kinds of games make people ice cold down the stretch when it counts). Loving will be a beast come tourney time and hit that shot when we need it most.
Mark my words.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

FLAMikey's picture

Agree on Loving. He could become this years Mike Conley in the tourney.
I think someone put Red Bull in Amir's Gatoraide at halftime.

Ralph Waldo Enarson's picture

This is at least the second game in a row that Williams has looked completely uninterested in doing, well, basically anything. I was at the Nebraska game last Saturday and it couldn't have been more obvious. Of the team's 33 rebounds, Amir had one. One. You know, the same number as Jake Lorbach, who logged 2 minutes. Everyone else that entered the game out rebounded Amir.
He is just totally uninterested in positioning himself under the hoop and/or contesting rebounds. That's not good for any team's starting center, but especially for a team that tends to jack as many 3s as this one has so far. Matta better get him coached up soon, or we might be seeing more McDonald than we'd like.

RedStorm45's picture

Let's be honest, we played well for about ten minutes (wow...a full court press and we come back. We should do it all game).  Scott again misses at the end in East Lansing with a chance to win it.  Oh well, at least it wasn't blow out in Madison bad from a few years back.

dubjayfootball90's picture

ugh, dont remind me of that game. Still embarrassing...

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

okiebuck's picture

"Just like football"; really Kyle??? We may have come up short but we didn't get out coached and out played tonight.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

The students were chanting that as the final seconds wound down in overtime.

GoBucksToledo's picture

Can't wait for payback time on March 9.

Chaseko24's picture

Loving was great tonight, but that last shot had me looking like Gardner on the ground. Except not as ugly. 

mclovin's picture

He had a good look right as he caught the ball but hesitated. Hopefully he learned his lesson. When you're in that spot, don't get greedy--take what you got. 

Bucks43201's picture

thanks coach!

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

mclovin's picture

Grow up, dude. Nice to see you are following around all my posts and down voting them. 

Bucks43201's picture

says the guy who is doing exactly that. Sorry, pal, I'm not downvoting your posts...could care less

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

Sam Thompson had an open look and the hot hand at the time.  I wish he had made one more pass...

tennbuckeye19's picture

Izzo looked so pissed at the end that I bet he got absolutely no satisfaction in winning that game. 

Brutus's picture

Meanwhile, Matta's reaction at the end of regulation said it all.  He was congratulating the team like they had just won.  I think he realizes just how important it was for the team to come back and force overtime and what this could mean moving forward. I'm having a really hard time feeling bad about this loss.

nightmuse's picture

I loved the grit OSU showed at the end, but you also have to give credit to MSU....the last 7 minutes they played the Clock not the Bucks in their Prevent Offense (Much like the Browns Prevent Defense)....had they continued to attack we would have lost by at least 10 in regulation....it was a great game and worthy of a top 5 match up minus they awful officiating

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

"Had they continued to attack..."
They were prevented from attacking by a stifling defense.  That's the way it works.

I like cookies.

nightmuse's picture

Our defense was great, but they were playing pass the ball around on the perimeter until 10 seconds left. They rarely went into the paint and when they did they scrambled right out.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Not so sure that Sparty can claim anything at this point.  The 3 point gods saved them tonight.  OSU could beat MSU in Columbus and again in the B1G tournament if they meet, just like last year. 

Class of 2010.

GoBucksToledo's picture

...when they meet.

BuckeyeMike74's picture

It really feels like we lost that game twice. Once when we were blown out and once at the end of OT.  We really need to win a big game soon. I'm forgetting what a big win feels like. 

NashBuckeye's picture

Great comeback tonight! Hate the loss just like I am beginning to hate Sparty, but I feel more confident about this team and the season now than before the game started. We will get our revenge when they come to Columbus.

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

I'm feeling like MSU is the new Florida, except not in national championship games.

TilstheHun3's picture

Great effort by the guys, absolutely love this team and the fight they have in them. Their relentless effort and ability to defend will pay off in the Tourney.

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

Knarcisi's picture

Q didn't show up.  I think he needs to add some weight to that frame. 

Nutinpa's picture

Not only was Q a "no show', Matta had no confidence in him in crunch time and left him on the bench.  Valuable minutes for Loving.....and somewhat telling about Q.  If he doesn't beef and man up, he'll get eaten alive in the NBA.

RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

I wish the football team had the basketball's D! Oh wait, it already looked like the football team was only playing 5 guys on D. 

sbentz4's picture

This was a great game, played at a high level by both teams.  I think OSU had trouble adjusting to the lack of fouls called in the first half and couldn't recover.  Great effort, but now we have to take care of MSU at home.

teddyballgame's picture

Games like that are good experience for March.  Loving made some nice plays but also made some mistakes....that game was huge for him personally.

Really worried about Amir though.

GrayDay's picture

Liking this team more than those of past few years.  Expected a loss against a top defensive team on the road.  Looked like blowout was happening and then they turned on the D to fight back in.  Nice mental toughness and a beauty to watch when all are playing hard D.  Keep wondering how far this group could go if Amir would play hard for more than the 10 or so minutes he does.  He really could be great. 
And Thompson really should embrace a consistent super high jump shot, both short and long range, like what he showed tonight.  His freak jumping ability makes that shot impossible to defend.

Jonnferrell's picture

Way too many turnovers in this game for the Buckeyes--and we still almost won.  Crazy team never gives up.  

"I miss Brady Hoke."

rdubs's picture

They went 11-19 from 3 and we still nearly won on the road.  Plenty of time to get some things ironed out on the offensive end before March rolls around.

BucksFan2000's picture

I think this game proves what we probably already knew: the defense will keep us in a games against any team in the country, but the offense doesn't have that dominant player to get some easy buckets.  The offense seems pretty balanced, though the 3 point shooting may not get any better.
It's a fun team to watch that will compete for another B1G Championship and will likely make another deep tournament run.  Is Loving this year's Q?  An "X" factor that could make a difference come March?  Fingers crossed...

RedStorm45's picture

Not going to win allowing 14 points in the 5 minute OT (yes, the last couple were from the FT line but still).  MSU was on pace for a 56 point half if you averaged out those 5 minutes.

MichaelJ721984's picture

I like that Matta stuck with the guys that brought them back in the end. Loving got valuable minutes in a hostile environment. If this is any indication, Q will have to come back for his senior season... but I digress.

Michigan sucks.

FROMTHE18's picture

teams doing just fine. Have some obvious things to fix but plenty of time to do it. Also, playing against this schedule will only help them future develop for the tourny. It was an away game against a top 5 team, nothing to even blink at here. Good effort. 

OSUFlash's picture

Scott needed to play better defense the final minute of OT. There's no way you let them shoot an uncontested 3. Make them shoot the 2 and even if they make it we get a shot to win or tie it at the end.


ABrown07's picture

If we had a better offense that wouldn't have been a game. Our problem is we do not have a consistent, go-to guy who we know is going to knock down his shots. We have guys who have potential to be that guy but, to this point no one has stepped up. I'm about tired of MSU beating us. Let's step it up Buckeyes!!!

I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people.

-Woody Hayes

ibuck's picture

Buckeyes need to shoot better from the stripe: 16/24 vs MSU. Starters like LaQuinton Ross, Shannon Scott (and Amedeo Della Valle too) shooting under 70% from the stripe is just unacceptable.  And much as I love Craft's play, I feel he should shoot better than 73% there. His younger sister, who plays on OSU women's team, even disses him on this (because he beats her in HORSE with his wild, acrobatic shots, while she has a more fundamental, solid stroke on FT's and J's). Our centers drag the team FT% down too with Amir Williams at 66% (though improving) and backup Trey McDonald at a woeful 30%. Just one or two more made FTs and OSU might have won in regulation.
Despite the 21 turnovers and the breakdowns in transition defense.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

Squirrel Master's picture

Not sure what the plus/minus is for the game but I am willing to bet Marc Loving had a plus while Ross had a minus.
I'm sorry to say this but I think Loving needs to get more PT if not start over Ross. Seems like Ross is not into it and isn't willing to try to take over the game. Loving might have made a mistake on that last play but at least he is putting for the effort to get this team going. And it looks like he plays defense that works well with Amir. He goes for the block before Amir does which keeps Amir as the box out guy. They were doing really well late in the game together and I think they work well together as the bigs.
I think the starting lineup should be Craft, Scott, Smith, Loving and Amir. Loving will make plays. Ross is just not asserting himself enough to warrant his lack of defense.

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