Sunday , Jan , 15 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

No. 14 Spartans down No. 19 Buckeyes in 2-OT

=== No. 14 Spartans down No. 19 Buckeyes in 2-OT ===

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Matt Trannon scored 14 points, including four
in double overtime, and also had 11 rebounds to help 14th-ranked Michigan
State outlast No. 19 Ohio State, 62-59, at Value City Arena.

Shannon Brown led all scorers with 20 points and Paul Davis added 18 points
and collected 12 boards for the Spartans (14-4, 2-2 Big Ten), who posted
their second straight win since losing two in a row.

Terence Dials had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Ohio
State (12-2, 2-2), which dropped its first home game of the season. Matt
Sylvester chipped in 17 points in defeat.

“Both teams played hard and played hard defense. It came down to which team
made more plays in the end and Michigan State did,” said Dials.

The Spartans assumed a 54-51 advantage early in the second overtime after
Trannon converted a dunk attempt, was fouled, and hit the ensuing free throw.

Sylvester later tied the game on a three-pointer with 1:18 remaining. Drew
Neitzel, however, answered with a jumper seconds later that made it 58-56
Michigan State.

J.J. Sullinger then missed his attempt from behind the arc with 19 ticks on
the clock and Neitzel grabbed the rebound, was quickly fouled, and made both
shots from the charity stripe to put Michigan State up by four.

Sylvester buried a three on the other end for the Buckeyes, who then sent
Davis to the line. After Davis made both free throw tries to put Michigan
State up 62-59, Jamar Butler got the ball for Ohio State and launched a three
that was off the mark. The Buckeyes got the rebound with just seconds
remaining, but could not put in the tying basket.

“That was a big game, including the way we won it,” said Michigan State head
coach Tom Izzo.

Michigan State built its 29-25 halftime lead to eight points early in the
second half, only to see Ohio State climb within two on consecutive three-
pointers by Butler and Sylvester.

The Buckeyes pulled to within two again after Butler sank a shot with slightly
under six minutes to play in the contest. Both teams went cold from the field
from there, as neither squad registered a point for the next 5:23.

Finally, with 32 seconds left, Dials put in a jumper that evened the score at
46-46. Maurice Ager’s three-point attempt in the waning moments of regulation
then missed for Michigan State, forcing overtime.

Dials’ bucket opened the overtime scoring and put Ohio State up by two. Brown
answered with four points, including a slam with 1:51 remaining, to put
Michigan State ahead 50-48, but Sylvester’s layup attempt with 12 seconds was
true and the game went into a second OT.

Game Notes

This was Michigan State’s seventh game against a ranked opponent, including
four straight to open Big Ten play…The Buckeyes shot just 36 percent from
the floor in the first half, while Michigan State shot 50 percent…Neitzel
had all four of his points in the second OT.

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