Michigan State did something that no team has done since 2010.
Win at Ohio State.
The No. 12 ranked Spartans battered the No. 3 Buckeyes Saturday night to snap Ohio State's 39 home-game winning streak. The streak was the second-longest in the nation, only behind Kentucky.
Ohio State center Jared Sullinger and Michigan State center Adreian Payne go way back. The two both grew up in Ohio and have been playing against each other ever since AAU.
It was a personal battle for Payne, who was playing in front of his home state. Payne played excellent defense on Sullinger, and it was clear that Sullinger was frustrated with the physical play by the Spartan defense.
Payne was a force for the Spartans on the offensive side of the ball as well, scoring a career-high 15 points. Sullinger was able to get his points with 17 and rebounds with 16, but the duo of Payne and Derrick Nix caused Sullinger to turn the ball over a career-high 10 times. Sullinger looked dazed on the offensive side and scored most of his points on easy put backs.
The Spartans are lucky to have such an effective duo between Nix and Payne. The dynamic duo have slowed down Indiana's All-Star Cody Zeller and now turned future lottery pick Sullinger into a turn over machine.
Senior Draymond Green had a tough night shooting but was able to score in the clutch when needed. Green ended the game with a total of 12 points. Sophomore guard Keith Appling also climbed out of his slump by scoring 14 points.
It's obvious by now that freshman Branden Dawson has now completed his defensive transformation this year.
The win puts Michigan State in first place, but they will have to continue the effort in preparation as they face a tough schedule the rest of the way.
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