Ohio State gets big win at home on Senior Day for Craft, Smith Jr.

LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points as Ohio State knocked off No. 22 Michigan State, 69-67, in the final regular season game at Value City Arena in Columbus, Sunday afternoon.

Sam Thompson #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes glides in all alone for a slam dunk in the second half against the Michigan State Spartans on March 9, 2014 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan State 69-67. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Sam Thompson #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes glides in all alone for a slam dunk in the second half against the Michigan State Spartans on March 9, 2014 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan State 69-67. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

The Spartans led by as many as seven in the second half following a jumper by Gary Harris put Michigan State up 53-46 with 12:47 to go.

Then the Buckeyes mounted a 12-5 run and after Sam Thompson’s three-pointer from the left wing, the game was tied at 58-all with 8:32 to play.

With 4:30 remaining, Brandon Dawson’s bucket in the paint gave the Spartans’ a 67-65 advantage, but Ohio State held Michigan State scoreless the remainder of the game.

With the scored knotted at 67-67, Amir Williams hit a tiebreaking free throw with 37 seconds left after going 1-of-2 from the line.

On the Spartans’ next trip down, Adreian Payne came up short on a three-point try from the top of the key and Aaron Craft dove on the floor to get the rebound before being fouled by Harris. With 20.9 ticks left, Craft promptly went 1-of-2 from the line to make it a two-point spread. Craft then forced a Denzel Valentine turnover on MSU’s next touch, but Sam Thompson missed both free throws to leave the door open for the Spartans.

Harris grabbed the rebound off Thompson’s miss and raced down the court before pulling up at the foul line. However, Craft was there with a hand in his face, and Harris’ shot fell short, allowing OSU to escape with the win.

It was the final home game for two seniors, Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr.