EAST LANSING, MIch. (AP) – Evan Turner scored 20 points and No. 9 Ohio State earned a 74-67 win over No. 11 Michigan State on Sunday.
Both teams trail Purdue by a half-game in the conference standings.
Durrell Summers scored 16 points for Michigan State (21-7, 11-4), which trailed by 14 points early in the second half. Summers scored seven straight points, including a dunk and a 3-pointer, to give Michigan State a 62-61 lead with 4:05 remaining.
Buford hit two free throws to put the Buckeyes back on top 63-62. Turner's jumper gave Ohio State a 65-62 lead with 2:55 left.
Jon Diebler hit a 3-pointer with 1:45 left to put the Buckeyes ahead 68-62.
The Buckeyes stayed in the Big Ten race by winning on the road.
Ohio State quieted the Breslin Center crowd with a big run midway through the first half to grab a 23-12 lead. Buford had nine points in the first 12 minutes, while Dallas Lauderdale had three dunks off half-court sets.
Turner - battling cold and flulike symptoms - made only one of his first eight shots and scored just four points in the first half. But his teammates helped out and the Buckeyes took a 39-26 halftime lead.
The Spartans made just 9 of 27 shots in the first half, while committing nine turnovers.
Michigan State has the week off before traveling to Purdue for a Feb. 28 matchup.