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No. 4 Ohio State falls to surging Michigan State 71-67

The Spartans rallied from a nine-point, second-half deficit.
Credit: AP
Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr. drives to the basket against Michigan State guard Rocket Watts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Aaron Henry had 18 points to help Michigan State improve its chances of making the NCAA Tournament with a 71-67 win over No. 4 Ohio State on Thursday night, two days after coach Tom Izzo’s team beat No. 5 Illinois by nine points. 

The Spartans rallied from a nine-point, second-half deficit with Gabe Brown finishing with 11 points and Josh Langford making key plays at both ends of the court. 

The Buckeyes finished the game without coach Chris Holtmann, who was ejected for arguing with officials when he was called for a second technical foul with 1.4 seconds left.