Cassius Winston scored 25 points, Nick Ward added 21 and No. 8 Michigan State extended its unbeaten streak to eight games with an 86-77 victory over No. 14 Ohio State on Saturday.

The second half was tied six times before the Spartans took the lead on a Ward foul shot, and a layup by Kenny Goins put them up by three with 3:28 left.

A Kyle Ahrens put-back at the 2:35 mark, a turnover by Ohio State’s Keyshawn Woods and a pair of Aaron Henry foul shots all but sealed it for Michigan State. Ohio State got to within six points twice in the last minute but couldn’t get closer.

Kaleb Wesson scored 25 points despite being in second-half foul trouble, and Luther Muhammed had 12 for the Buckeyes (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who saw a six game winning streak snapped.

Michigan State (13-2, 4-0) hasn’t lost since Nov. 27.

Ohio State led 43-36 at halftime, boosted by a late 3-pointer from Duane Washington Jr. and another from Kaleb Wesson with 13 seconds left in the half.

BIG PICTURE

Michigan State: Despite missing injured junior guard Joshua Langford, the Spartans bore down late in the second half and won their first of the new year after going 6-0 in December.

Ohio State: Matched Michigan State every step of the way until its shooting went cold and it faltered late. Kaleb Wesson continues to be the featured player on a fairly talented team, but the Buckeyes need a clone of him to help out.

UP NEXT

Michigan State: Hosts Purdue on Tuesday.

Ohio State: At Rutgers on Tuesday.

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Michigan State forward Nick Ward, left, goes up for a shot against Ohio State forward Kyle Young during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Michigan State forward Nick Ward, left, goes up for a shot against Ohio State forward Kyle Young during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson, right, goes up for a shot against Michigan State guard Kyle Ahrens, left, and forward Nick Ward during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson, right, goes up for a shot against Michigan State guard Kyle Ahrens, left, and forward Nick Ward during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Michigan State guard Matt McQuaid, right, goes up for a shot against Ohio State guard Duane Washington during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Michigan State guard Matt McQuaid, right, goes up for a shot against Ohio State guard Duane Washington during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Ohio State guard C.J. Jackson, left, goes up for a shot against Michigan State guard Matt McQuaid during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Ohio State guard C.J. Jackson, left, goes up for a shot against Michigan State guard Matt McQuaid during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Ohio State guard Duane Washington, right, puts up a shot against Michigan State, forward Xavier Tillman, left, and forward Kenny Goins during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Ohio State guard Duane Washington, right, puts up a shot against Michigan State, forward Xavier Tillman, left, and forward Kenny Goins during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Michigan State forward Xavier Tillman, right, goes up for a shot against Ohio State forward Andre Wesson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Michigan State forward Xavier Tillman, right, goes up for a shot against Ohio State forward Andre Wesson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Jan. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Source: The Associated Press

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