(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Aaron Craft scored a career-high 21 points to lead the No. 18 Ohio State Buckeyes to a 68-60 win over No. 4 Michigan State in a battle of Big Ten powerhouses.
“Give Aaron Craft credit. In the second half, he tore us apart,” Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. “It was Aaron Craft. He beat us every way you could beat us.”
The Buckeyes (20-7, 10-5 Big Ten), were also aided by 14 points from Deshaun Thomas. They currently sit at fifth-place in the Big Ten standings.
Counting a 56-53 win over No. 2-ranked Michigan on Jan. 13, it was the first time that the Buckeyes ever knocked off two top-5 teams at home in the same season.
Gary Harris scored 14 points for the Spartans (22-6, 11-4), who have now lost two straight games after winning 11 of their previous 12.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire