CHICAGO (AP) — Cassius Winston scored 18 points, Foster Loyer offered a carry off the bench with a profession-high 14 factors, and No. 6 Michigan State gave Corridor of Fame coach Tom Izzo his 600th career win, a 77-70 victory over Ohio State within the Massive Ten Event quarterfinals on Friday.
With their sights set on a sixth conference event title and a deep NCAA run, the Spartans (26-6) pulled away within the second half for his or her third win over the Buckeyes (19-14) this season. They may meet the Nebraska-Wisconsin winner within the semifinals on Saturday.
Izzo improved to 600-231 in 24 seasons.
Winston, the Huge Ten Player of the Yr, had seven rebounds and five assists.
Loyer nailed 4 of 5 3-pointers in 18 minutes after making just four of 20 through the regular season.
The freshman guard’s previous greatest was 10 points towards Inexperienced Bay on Dec. 16, and he had not played greater than 12 minutes in a recreation. However he scored 9 points within the first half and hit some key photographs down the stretch on Friday.
The Buckeyes misplaced for the fifth time in seven games.
Keyshawn Woods scored 16 factors for Ohio State, and Andre Wessson had 14. However his brother Kaleb Wesson fouled out with seven points and three rebounds halfway via the second half.
Ohio State went on an eight-zero run early within the second half to grab a 40-38 lead. However the Spartans responded by scoring nine straight, with Loyer hitting a three and pull-up jumper to make it 47-forty with slightly below quarter-hour left.
A 3 by Kenny Goins and a layup by Aaron Henry made it 56-46 halfway by way of the half.
Kaleb Wesson fouled out with 9:forty two left when he bumped Winston going for the unfastened ball after lacking a shot for Ohio State.
It was 61-49 when Henry threw down an alley-oop dunk off an extended feed from Winston, drawing a roar from a large contingent of Spartans followers. Michigan State led by as many as 21 before going cold over the final 4 minutes, permitting the Buckeyes to trim the margin.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes can really feel higher about their NCAA Event hopes because of their win over Indiana on Thursday.
Michigan State: The Spartans took a while to get rolling. But they positive appeared good as soon as they did. If they hold this up, a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs is perhaps in attain.
Ohio State: Awaits a postseason bid.
Michigan State: Performs the Nebraska-Wisconsin winner within the semifinals on Saturday.