Ohio State Buckeyes guard Lenzelle Smith Jr (32) drives to the basket against Michigan State Spartans forward Branden Dawson (22) during the first half at Jack Breslin Students Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State blows it — No. 1 seed, outright title — in loss to Ohio State


Michigan State took it to Ohio State, but in the end, it was the Buckeyes who came out on top.

Ohio State beat MSU 72-70on senior day in East Lansing.

Michigan State still wins the Big Ten title, but it is shared now with Ohio State and, yes, Michigan. The Wolverines beat Penn State on Sunday to also end the season 13-5 with the Spartans and Buckeyes.

MSU still will get the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans’ hope a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament is all but gone.

Michigan State blew a 15-points lead in the first half and also held a 38-29 edge at halftime. After the break, though, Ohio State was the team than played like it wanted more, taking a 52-51 lead with less than 10 minutes to play.

But despite the comeback from the Buckeyes, MSU tied the game back up with 1:56 to play as Draymond Green — who had four fouls with about 10 minutes to play in the half — hit home a short bank shot.

With 1:17 to play the Spartans had the chance to take the lead when Green went for a layup, but was fouled by Deshaun Thomas.

Green made both free throws, given the Spartans a 70-68 lead with 1:08 to play.

Aaron Craft came down and quickly hit a jumper, which tied the game again, 70-70 with 56 seconds to play.

It was go-time of the Spartans and Green took a fade-away shot, which he missed and was rebounded by Jared Sullinger.

With 2 seconds to play, William Buford, who went for 25 points, nailed a jumper to give the Buckeyes a 72-70 lead, and ultimately the win.

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