BTN.com staff, January 25, 2012
No. 11 Michigan State topped Minnesota to hand Tom Izzo his 400th win (recap) and No. 3 Ohio State blasted Penn State (recap) in our Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Also, Gus Johnson was on the call for the Minnesota-Michigan State game, and here are his top calls. And don't forget to enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Promotion for a chance to win a prize pack that includes tourney passes.
FINAL: Jared Sullinger scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lift No. 3 Ohio State to a 78-54 win over Penn State on Wednesday at Value City Arena. Sullinger and William Buford both had good games for Ohio State (18-3). Sullinger shot 7-of-11 from the field. Buford had 15 points and pulled down nine rebounds. The Buckeyes broke out to an early 18-point lead after a 24-6 run with 6:07 to go in the first half. Sullinger knocked down a free throw that capped off the run by the Buckeyes and helped Ohio State lead 38-18 at the half. Ohio State hit 50 percent of its field goals (25-of-50). The Buckeyes shot 24-of-34 from the free throw line. Ohio State also got a double-digit game from Aaron Craft, who scored 11. Penn State (10-12) struggled from the floor, shooting 31 percent (20-of-64). Tim Frazier led the way for the Nittany Lions, with 16 points, while Jermaine Marshall (14) and Cammeron Woodyard (10) also finished in double figures. Winning the battle on the boards was crucial for the Buckeyes, as they grabbed 42 rebounds to 30 for Penn State. Ohio State never trailed in the game. The Buckeyes' largest lead was 29, which came midway through the second half.
HALFTIME: Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft combined for a successful first half as No. 3 Ohio State leads 38-18 over Penn State. Sullinger scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds. Craft scored 11 points and shot 4-of-4 from the field. The Nittany Lions shot 22 percent from the field during the first half. The Buckeyes led by as many as 23 points in the first half and never trailed. The game was knotted up when Penn State went 4:09 without scoring, allowing Ohio State to take a 8-0 lead with 15:35 left in the first half. Tim Frazier led the way for the Nittany Lions in the first half, with four points and three assists.
FINAL: Draymond Green scored 22, grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out six assists to help No. 11 Michigan State past Minnesota 68-52 on Wednesday at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. With the victory, Tom Izzo locked up his 400th career win. Michigan State (17-4) shot 54 percent from the field (26-of-48). The Spartans went 14-of-23 from the charity stripe as a team (61 percent). Michigan State also got a solid contribution from Branden Dawson, who scored 16. Rodney Williams scored 15 points, hauled in four rebounds, made 6-of-10 shots from the floor, and drilled 3-of-5 three-pointers for Minnesota (15-6) in the loss. The Golden Gophers had trouble finding their touch, shooting just 38 percent (18-of-47) from the field. Minnesota was on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 38 percent (6-of-16). More Minnesota scoring came from Ralph Sampson III, who scored 10. The Spartans won the rebounding battle en route to victory, pulling down 32 boards to 24 for the Golden Gophers.
HALFTIME: Draymond Green scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds as No. 11 Michigan State leads Minnesota 37-27 at the half. The Spartans dominated on the glass in the first half, outrebounding the Golden Gophers 19-11. Minnesota went into a funk with the score 25-19, going 2:26 without a point while Michigan State went on a 7-0 run to open up a 13-point lead. The Spartans made 14 of 22 two-point shots in the first half, but shot 2-of-9 from beyond the arc. After already giving up seven offensive rebounds to Michigan State, the Golden Gophers will have to keep the Spartans off the boards in the second half. Seven Michigan State players scored in the half. Minnesota shot 4-of-9 from beyond the arc in the first half (44 percent). The Golden Gophers demonstrated their offensive efficiency by racking up six assists on nine baskets. Rodney Williams led the way for Minnesota in the first half, with eight points.
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