No. 18 Michigan St. beats No. 11 Ohio St. 59-56

No. 18 Michigan St. beats No. 11 Ohio St. 59-56
January 19, 2013, 8:26 pm
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Michigan State's Keith Appling (11) shoots over Ohio State's Aaron Craft (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Keith Appling made two free throws with 7.9 seconds left and finished with 15 points to help No. 18 Michigan State beat Ohio State 59-56 on Saturday night.

The Buckeyes had a chance to potentially tie the game in the closing seconds, but Shannon Scott didn't come close on a running 3-point attempt.

Deshaun Thomas, who scored a career Big Ten-high 28 points, was upset Scott didn't pass him the ball. Thomas wanted a shot to send the game into overtime after he had made six 3-pointers in regulation.

The Spartans (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) have won five straight conference games.

Ohio State (13-4, 3-2) was playing for the first time since handing Michigan its only loss last Sunday.