The No. 13 Ohio State men’s basketball team (14-4, 8-4) won its third straight game on Sunday, defeating Michigan State (8-6, 2-6) 79-62 at the Value City Arena. The Buckeyes, who received a game-high 20 points from E.J. Liddell, have won of their last seven contests.
Liddell has now scored 20 or more points in three straight games. He got support on offensive Sunday from Justice Sueing (17 points) and CJ Walker (10 points). Defensively, the Buckeyes held Michigan State to just 32 percent shooting and 5-of-24 from three-point range.
In the first half, Ohio State established itself inside early with Liddell, Kyle Young and Zed Key scoring on 7-of-10 attempts from the field.
The Buckeyes then got going from distance with Justin Ahrens hitting a pair to help the Buckeyes to a 42-30 advantage at the break.
Young and Liddell played a combined 19 minutes in the first half with each being whistled for two fouls each.
The Spartans ended the half 1-of-7 shooting with no field goals over the final 4:43. MSU finished the opening half 10-of-25 from the field and 2-10 from distance while connecting on 8-of-10 at the foul line.