Michigan St. 55, Ohio St. 41
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Daimon Bethea scored a career-high 14 points Wednesday as Michigan State built a 24-point first half lead and held on for a 55-41 Big Ten victory over Ohio State.
Jamie Feick added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Spartans (13-9, 7-3 Big Ten).
Ohio State, which (9-10, 2-8) lost for the fifth time in six games, was led by Rick Yudt with 17 points _ all in the second half. Jermaine Tate added 13.
Ohio State missed its first nine shots from the field and the Spartans built an 18-0 lead before Tate scored the Buckeyes’ first basket with 10:27 left in the half.
Ohio State made only four of 24 field-goal attempts in the first half and committed 12 turnovers as Michigan State led 31-9 at the break.
The Spartans’ shooting turned cold in the second half as they made only five of their first 16 shots. Ohio State used a 17-4 run, with Yudt scoring 11 of the points, to cut Michigan State’s lead to 41-31 with seven minutes remaining.
But the Buckeyes would get no closer than 10 points as Feick ended the Ohio State run with a jump shot and freshman Jason Klein hit a 3-point goal.
The Spartans were without two starters. Guard Ray Weathers missed the game with a shoulder separation and forward Jon Garavaglia was serving a one game suspension for elbowing a Purdue player in last Saturday’s game.