Spartans roll past Ohio State, 78-67

Published 7:22 pm Monday, January 26, 2009

COLUMBUS — There was no Northwestern hangover for No. 7 Michigan State.

Durrell Summers made sure of that.

Summers had 26 points to almost double his career high, Kalin Lucas came off the bench for 20 and the Spartans dominated the boards on Sunday to beat Ohio State 78-67.

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‘‘As you can imagine, it’s a big win against a quality opponent on the road, especially after coming off that devastating loss last Wednesday,’’ coach Tom Izzo said of a stunning 70-64 defeat to Northwestern that ended an 11-game winning streak and a string of 28 straight home wins.

Summers, who was averaging 8.0 points a game and had never made more than two 3-pointers in a game, was an unlikely hero.

He got the start only because Izzo held Lucas and Chris Allen out of the starting lineup because they hadn’t met some academic goals. The sophomore played like he belonged, hitting 8-of-13 shots from the field including 6-of-9 3-pointers and all four of his free throws.

‘‘I was just being aggressive. Coach has been telling me all week — really, all year — just be ready to shoot and be aggressive,’’ Summers said. ‘‘They were falling. The couple of shots that I missed didn’t stop me from being aggressive. I just kept firing and they were dropping.’’

When Ohio State (13-5, 3-4 Big Ten) spread its 3-2 zone to contain him in the second half, Lucas lit up the Buckeyes by scoring 18 of his points.

Lucas said the Northwestern loss was more of an incentive to him than being benched.

‘‘That was a big loss for us but one thing we had to do was show people that we still are a good team,’’ he said. ‘‘So we came out and we played very aggressive.’’

Lucas said things opened up for him after halftime.

‘‘The second half they (the Buckeyes) started (defending) the wings a little bit more and that’s when I started to attack them and tried to get some good shots,’’ he said. ‘‘And my shots started falling for me.’’

The Spartans (16-3, 6-1) also took 15 more shots from the field, thanks to a 35-19 rebounding advantage. They scored 19 points off the offensive boards, where they had almost as many rebounds (16) as the Buckeyes did at both ends.

No. 7 MICHIGAN ST. 78, OHIO ST. 67


Morgan 1-4 2-4 4, Roe 2-4 0-0 4, Suton 6-9 0-0 13, Summers 8-13 4-4 26, Lucious 0-3 0-0 0, Ibok 0-0 0-0 0, Lucas 6-13 7-9 20, Allen 1-4 0-0 2, Walton 3-6 1-2 7, Thornton 0-0 0-0 0, Gray 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 28-57 14-19 78.


Lauderdale 1-3 0-0 2, Simmons 3-5 0-0 8, Turner 6-8 6-8 19, Diebler 3-6 3-3 12, Buford 4-9 0-0 11, Hill 1-2 0-0 3, Mullens 5-9 2-5 12. Totals 23-42 11-16 67.

Halftime—Ohio St. 31-26. 3-Point Goals—Michigan St. 8-21 (Summers 6-9, Suton 1-1, Lucas 1-5, Allen 0-3, Lucious 0-3), Ohio St. 10-20 (Diebler 3-6, Buford 3-7, Simmons 2-4, Hill 1-1, Turner 1-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Michigan St. 35 (Suton 9), Ohio St. 19 (Turner 6). Assists—Michigan St. 15 (Morgan 4), Ohio St. 12 (Buford, Turner 3). Total Fouls—Michigan St. 16, Ohio St. 17. Technical—Ohio St. Bench. A—18,767. A—18,767.