Jan 7, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Adreian Payne (5) stands on the court during the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. The Spartans won 72-68 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Adreian Payne Powers Spartans Past Buckeyes In OT

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It looked like a blow-out, Michigan State was scoring the ball at will and Ohio State didn’t have an answer.  That is until midway through the second half when Ohio State found their defense.

…and the Spartans lost their focus.

The Spartans blew a 17 point lead and would have lost the game if not for a fantastic defensive play by Adreian Payne at the end of regulation. Payne knocked the ball away from the rim on a Ohio State fast break in the closing seconds to force overtime.  And just like that the momentum shifted.

…and the Spartans found their focus.

In overtime Keith Appling drained a three-point with :34 left to seal the win for the Spartans.

It was an early season test passed by the Spartans who overcame a major hurdle in their quest for a Big Ten title. The win over #3 Ohio State could propel the Spartans to #2 or #3 in the AP Top 25 depending on the outcome of the #1 Arizona v UCLA game on Thursday.

The 14-1 Spartans will defend their 3-0 Big Ten record against Minnesota at Breslin Center on Saturday.

For all the latest on the Michigan State Spartans and the Big Ten race keep checking with Detroit Jock City.

 

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