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February 22, 2006

Ohio State wins Big Ten showdown

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EAST LANSING, Mich. Terence Dials scored 19 points inside and No. 13 Ohio State hit 11 3-pointers in a 79-68 victory over No. 18 Michigan State on Wednesday night, snapping the Spartans' 15-game home winning streak.

Je'Kel Foster had 17 points, Ron Lewis 13, Jamar Butler 12 and Matt Sylvester 10 for the Buckeyes (20-4, 9-4), who tied Iowa for first place in the Big Ten and snapped a 10-game losing streak in the Breslin Center.

Maurice Ager had 26 points for the Spartans (19-8, 7-6), 16 coming in the first half as Michigan State took a 37-34 lead. Shannon Brown had 17 points and Paul Davis added 14 for Michigan State.

The Spartans led 43-36 early in the second half but Dials scored to tie it at 54. Foster and Lewis then combined for three 3-pointers as the Buckeyes went ahead 63-58.

Ohio State led 67-66 when Butler hit a 3 over a sprawled Drew Neitzel. Two offensive rebounds by Sylvester helped pad the lead before Butler connected again from long range to ice the win.

The Buckeyes shot 48 percent from the field, including 46 percent beyond the arc. Dials had 10 rebounds as Ohio State finished with a 33-32 advantage on the boards.

For more coverage of the Ohio State Buckeyes, check out BuckeyeSports.com.
For more coverage of the Michigan State Spartans, check out Spartanmag.com.

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