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Michigan State basketball can’t contain Ohio State in 80-69 loss, leaving Tom Izzo angry

Michigan State basketball can’t contain Ohio State in 80-69 loss, leaving Tom Izzo angry

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Originate air, interior — it didn’t matter. Michigan Deliver basketball might perchance also no longer uncover an acknowledge to remain Ohio Deliver on Thursday night.

E.J. Liddell and Jamari Wheeler draining 3-pointer after 3-pointer, Malakai Branham taking defenders off the dribble. Joey Brunk, starting up his first Mountainous Ten game of the season, abused every monumental man the Spartans extinct to try and live him across the basket. The Buckeyes seemingly turning nearly every MSU turnover into points, the Spartans continue to search out few solutions from a punchless offense.

The Spartans’ two-month swoon slogged on as they dropped their seventh game within the closing 9 and 2d in three days, 80-69, to No. 23 Ohio Deliver at Value City Arena.

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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo reacts to a turnover during the second half of MSU's 80-69 loss on Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.

Michigan Deliver coach Tom Izzo reacts to a turnover at some stage within the 2d half of MSU’s 80-69 loss on Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.

“I imply, I’m offended with the approach we carried out,” Izzo acknowledged. “And originate no longer anybody write that it changed into once in regards to the 2 days on the road and all that. If we’d maintain lost down the stretch and been fatigued, I’ll perchance also swallow that. Nonetheless this changed into once the commence. The commence beat us, no longer the cease.”

No. 25 MSU (19-11, 10-9 Mountainous Ten) closes the popular-or-garden season at dwelling Sunday against Maryland. Tipoff is 4: 30 p.m. at Breslin Heart (CBS).

Four Buckeyes scored in double figures, led by 22 from Branham, 19 from Liddell and 16 from Wheeler no matter fiddling with out key contributors Kyle Younger and Zed Key. Wheeler and Liddell had seven of their team’s 9 3-pointers, eight of them coming within the first half.

Nonetheless it absolutely changed into once the folk hero-making 2d for Brunk, a 6-foot-11 center who entered the lineup averaging1.3 points and 1.0 rebounds, that proved to be essentially the most tasty gut-punch to MSU. He dominated within the paint with 18 points on 7-for-10 taking pictures and six rebounds as OSU outscored the Spartans within the paint, 36-16, as fans chanted his title whenever he touched the ball or went interior and outside of the sport.

Senior Gabe Brown, who led the Spartans with 13 points, acknowledged his team did no longer properly put together for the worn Indiana and Butler monumental man.

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“He wasn’t even on the scouting listing,” Brown acknowledged of Brunk. “I imply, he changed into once on there, on the support page. … And he had a comely night tonight. He posted nicely, he had his soar hook, he made his free throws, got rebounds.”

Acknowledged Izzo: “I direct that you simply might perchance also explain it be my fault for no longer doubling (Brunk). Nonetheless, boy, within the event that you simply might perchance also ought to double him …, shame on our guys.”

Senior Marcus Bingham Jr. scored 11 for the Spartans, who had a 36-3 edge in bench scoring but dedicated 13 turnovers main to 20 points for the Buckeyes (19-9, 12-7). MSU went 9-for-18 from 3-level differ and shot 45.3% overall, but its protection allowed OSU to shoot when it comes to 55% in a commence-to-originate victory.

Joey Brunk of the Ohio State Buckeyes puts up a shot against Marcus Bingham Jr. of the Michigan State Spartans during the first half on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Joey Brunk of the Ohio Deliver Buckeyes locations up a shot against Marcus Bingham Jr. of the Michigan Deliver Spartans at some stage within the first half on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

“We lawful gotta dig down, and we gotta commence playing protection on the cease of the day,” Brown acknowledged. “The offense is the offense. I originate no longer care if shots glide in, but we gotta commence playing protection.”

It began as badly as any of the Spartans’ recent rough games, perchance their worst.

Tiresome rotations and sloppy footwork on protection allowed Ohio Deliver to bomb some distance flung from exterior for four 3-pointers in its first seven shots. MSU also couldn’t live Liddell, who had eight points because the Buckeyes scored the first 13 of the sport.

The Spartans regarded ineffective.

A free ball rebound flipped a swap. Julius Marble and Malik Hall dove on the bottom with Liddell. Gamers began pushing and shoving, with refs stepping in to remain the skirmish sooner than it got out of hand.

The Spartans got hot from exterior after that and labored their approach support from an 18-4 deficit by rolling off a 21-9 bustle of their very consider because the Buckeyes went cool and fired up just a few airballs attributable to better MSU protection. First Jaden Akins buried 3-pointer, then one from Joey Hauser and two from Brown, the 2d of which introduced about Ohio Deliver coach Chris Holtmann to name a timeout after seeing the lead fall to 2.

That spark proved fleeting. The Buckeyes spoke back with 9 straight points out of the timeout and a 13-2 bustle attributable to 2 extra 3-pointers from Wheeler, taking a 43-33 lead into halftime.

OSU went 8-for-13 on 3-pointers and shot when it comes to 60% overall within the first half. Wheeler scored 12 by going 4-for-5 from deep, and Liddell also had 12 points with three 3-pointers. Brunk scored his 10 points all within the paint, which Bingham acknowledged came because what the Buckeyes did to soften up the interior with their exterior taking pictures.

Michigan State's Tyson Walker, right, drives to the basket against Ohio State's Meechie Johnson during the first half on Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.

Michigan Deliver’s Tyson Walker, appropriate, drives to the basket against Ohio Deliver’s Meechie Johnson at some stage within the first half on Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.

“As soon as they’re stretching the bottom out and then guys are pushing up on them, we as bigs, now we must always try and internet them to return into the paint,” Bingham acknowledged. “And then when they come to the paint, commit to them. Nonetheless that they had a hell of a game belief, and they also carried out onerous.”

The Spartans trailed by double digits the total 2d half, getting within 10 twice. Izzo barely left his chair on the sideline within the closing 20 minutes.

“I consider our guys gotta confirm their ticker quite of bit, because in due path you bought to attain down and guard someone,” coach Tom Izzo acknowledged. “I imply, that is no longer a means, that is an effort-linked stat. I’ve continuously been in a role to internet my groups to play extra difficult, and appropriate now I’m no longer. So as that falls on me, and I’m gonna ought to try and repair it.”

Izzo remains tied with Indiana memoir Bobby Knight’s file for overall wins by a coach at a single Mountainous Ten college with 662 in his 27th season with the Spartans. Knight remains the chief in conference victories with 353 in 29 seasons to Izzo’s 321.

Contact Chris Solari: csolari@freepress.com. Note him on Twitter @chrissolari. Read extra on the Michigan Deliver Spartans and be half of our Spartans e-newsletter.

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