(17) Ohio State 53

(9-3, 0-1 Big Ten)

Michigan State 60

(9-5, 1-1 Big Ten)

    12:00 PM ET, December 30, 2007

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    #17OSU 29 2453
    MSU 34 2660

    Top Performers

    Ohio State: S. Allen 12 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Michigan St: A. DeHaan 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast

    Buckeyes fall in Big Ten opener to Michigan State

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Allyssa DeHaan scored 18 points and Kalisha Keane had 17 to lead Michigan State past Ohio State (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) 60-53 Sunday.

    DeHaan, who took just four shots and scored six points in Friday's loss to Minnesota, was much more aggressive in going 8-for-21 from the field for the Spartans (9-5, 1-1 Big Ten).

    Keane was 7-for-21 from the field and had a strong drive to the basket and two free throws to keep the Buckeyes (9-3, 0-1) at bay.

    Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant had her blonde hair spray-painted green at center court by her players after the upset. Her team bounced back from its recent anemic rebounding to rule the boards 44-35.

    Star Allen had 12 points, Marscilla Packer and Jantel Lavender 11 each, and Ashlee Trebilcock 10 for Ohio State, the preseason conference favorite. Allen added nine rebounds and five assists.

    The Spartans led 34-29 at the half and built their lead to 13 points several times in the second half.

    It was the first win over a ranked team in three tries for Merchant as the Spartans' first-year leader.

    Michigan State grabbed 22 offensive rebounds, 15 more than they managed against Minnesota, and had 12 steals. Freshman point guard Brittney Thomas had five offensive boards and five steals. She also committed 11 turnovers.

    The Spartans had chances to blow the game open but were 2-for-15 from 3-point range. They won in a way that few expected, with a 15-4 edge in second-chance points.

    The Buckeyes outshot Michigan State from the field 39.3 percent to 35.8 percent, but had just 11 assists to go with 20 turnovers. Those mistakes kept Ohio State from getting closer than five in the late stages.

    Packer had six turnovers and only one assist for the Buckeyes, who lost for just the third time in their last 35 league games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 53 60
    FG Made-Attempted 22-56 (.393) 24-67 (.358)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-8 (.250) 2-15 (.133)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-10 (.700) 10-14 (.714)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 9 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 13

    Game Leaders

    PointsS. Allen 12A. DeHaan 18
    ReboundsS. Allen 9M. Johnson 8
    AssistsS. Allen 5B. Thomas 3
    StealsS. Little 5B. Thomas 5

    2007-08 Season

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