There was no denying this was a huge game for Michigan State basketball. With a difficult stretch coming up the Spartans needed a key win at home. They were able to get that win with an all around great effort, beating Ohio State 59-56.
The Spartans were fueled by an even performance. Everyone was involved both offensively and defensively. The entire starting lineup had 8 points or more. Appling led the Spartans with 15 points and had a key layup and dunk to put the Buckeyes
away. Adreian Payne led the Spartans in the paint and went 5 for 6 from the field. He finished with 15 points. One player spurned the Buckeyes on offensively. DeShaun Thomas had 28 points on 50 percent shooting. Knocking down shots from everywhere, Thomas was extremely, extremely impressive. If he had gotten any help the outcome may have been different for the Buckeyes. No one else on the Buckeyes had more than 6 points. If Thomas plays like that every game don’t be surprised if he ends up Big Ten player of the year.
Overall, the Spartans earned a phenomenal win. Going into a grueling stretch on their schedule, the Spartans needed to start of these tough games with a win. They were able to do that with contributions from everyone. If the Spartans are looking to come out of these next few games in a good position in the Big Ten, they must play like this.