Check out the game wrap at the top of this post.
Game notes: It’s Senior Day in East Lansing. A Matt Costello jumper put the Spartans back up 83-67 with under four minutes to go, and it was clear then that the Buckeyes were not coming back. The ball nearly never made it inside the perimeter, and the Buckeyes were settling for three-point shots.
Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell could not miss on Friday night. Purdue’s playing well right now, but in the only meeting between the two teams in West Lafayette, Ohio State led the Boilermakers midway through the second half before Purdue finally pulled away.
The Wolverines led 2-1 by 8:21 in the first on goals by J.T. Compher and Alex Kile, but the Buckeyes pulled to within one when Dakota Joshua squibbed one past UM goaltender Steve Racine at 9:43.
Rutgers would make the first two baskets of the fourth quarter but Ohio State quickly pushed the lead to 13, taking control of the game. OSU took good care of the ball, committing only 12 turnovers, but could have moved the ball better as they only recorded 7 assists on 26 baskets. The Buckeyes did force 24 turnovers.
As it turned out Mitchell didn’t need very much help after all. She also added 6 rebounds and a pair of steals.
Asia Doss had nine points while Shayla Cooper scored seven and Ameryst Alston tallied 12 on 5-for-16 shooting. JaQuan Lyle had 18 points, five rebounds, and five assists. “Maybe our team thought we had the week off because we weren’t in school, but we definitely did not play like a MI team has to play this time of year”.
The Knights entered the matchup with Ohio State standing at No. 50 in RPI.
This allowed the Spartan lead to grow, and defense to get sloppier. Junior forward Marc Loving is averaging 19 points per game over his last five games… “We will get them involved”. These two teams haven’t met since January, when the Gophers swept. 8 Iowa last Sunday. “To have it be the last game of the season would be even better”. The Wildcats hit their free throws though and held on for a 79-73 victory that keeps their surprising run going.
If Ohio State had any realistic hopes of reaching the NCAA tournament, the Buckeyes needed a Hollywood ending to their regular season today against No. 2 Michigan State.
“What went wrong [was] a little bit on the PK, a little bit on the defensive zone”, said MI coach Red Berenson.
In 34 minutes of action, Forbes had 27 huge points and led the charge for the Spartans in a huge conference road win. Northwestern has a lot of momentum and magic in this tournament but having already played three games in three days there are questions as to whether the Wildcats will have any legs left.
The second semifinal sees 2 seed Ohio State against 3 seed Michigan State.
Venue: Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, MI.
Ohio State crushed the Boilermakers 90-70 at home in their only meeting of the season, but the Buckeyes split a pair of meetings with the Spartans.