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LaQuinton Ross had 22 points for the Buckeyes, who had lost their last two games.

Both Ohio State and Michigan State are headed for the Big Ten tournament this week, and then will move on to the NCAA tourney.

Denzel Valentine added 11 points for the Spartans (23-8, 12-6), who have lost seven of 11.

Izzo was upset that Michigan State was called for 22 personal fouls to 12 against the Buckeyes. The Spartans were hamstrung by foul trouble all game; Harris, Valentine and Keith Appling each finished with four fouls.

But for most of the game, it was Ohio State which took the ball inside or drove to the hoop.

“I didn’t like the way all my guys were on the bench,” Izzo said. “I didn’t like the way we were playing, afraid to foul and afraid to move. We scored enough points to win, we shot well enough to win. They drove the ball and we couldn’t keep them in front of us. But I’ve got two of my best defenders on the bench. There were some bright spots, but a disappointing loss.”

Craft had four steals to give him 328, breaking a tie with Illinois’ Bruce Douglas to become the Big Ten’s career leader.

“I’m not worried about how I’m going to be remembered,” he said. “It’s all (about) moving forward. This is how we need to continue to play down the stretch. This needs to be our calling card.”


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