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Michigan State regroups, knocks off Ohio State in OT

East Lansing, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Michigan State athletic program is having quite the start to 2014.

Less than a week after the Spartans' football team pulled out the school's first Rose Bowl win in 26 years, the fifth-ranked men's basketball squad handed No. 3 Ohio State its first loss with a thrilling 72-68 overtime victory Tuesday.

It certainly wasn't easy.

Michigan State (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) squandered a 17-point lead late in regulation and needed a Keith Appling 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds left in overtime to break a 66-66 tie.

Appling added three free throws from there to cap his 20-point effort and the Spartans' seventh straight win. Adreian Payne battled through a right foot sprain to pour in 18 points off the bench, while Gary Harris supplied 13 points in the hard-fought decision.

The Buckeyes (15-1, 2-1) lost despite scoring 17 of the final 20 points in regulation. Sam Thompson led the comeback and finished with 18 points.

01/07 23:35:34 ET

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