Men's Basketball Downs No. 15 Ohio State
Spartans improve to 6-1 in the Big Ten.
January 27, 1999
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Mateen Cleaves scored 10 of his 16 points in the last 2:09, and Jason Klein sparked a second-half comeback with three 3-pointers as No. 8 Michigan State beat No. 15 Ohio State 76-71 Wednesday night.
Klein and Charlie Bell each finished with 14 points for the Spartans (17-4, 6-1 Big Ten).
Michael Redd scored 20 points for the Buckeyes (15-6, 5-3). Scoonie Penn added 17 points, and George Reese scored a career-high 14.
Klein capped a 9-1 run with the first of his 3-pointers to give the Spartans a 51-47 lead with 8:36 left. That came during a stretch of 5:11 in which the Spartans held the Buckeyes without a field goal.
Ohio State, which led 37-33 at halftime, extended the margin to 42-34 with a 3-pointer by Redd early in the second half.
Michigan State went ahead 48-46 on Bell's tip-in off a missed free throw by A.J. Granger with 10:47 left.
The Buckeyes closed to 72-69 on a 3-pointer by Redd with nine seconds left before Michigan State free throws sealed the victory.
The Buckeyes jumped to a 6-0 lead and stayed ahead for most of the first half. Michigan State's only lead was 23-22 with 5:38 left.