Ohio State got 22 points from Malaki Branham as they ran past Michigan State 80-69 on Thursday at Value City Arena.
Bettors who backed Ohio State were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as a favorite of -5.0 at sportsbooks.
Ohio State got 19 points from E.J. Liddell and another 18 points from Joey Brunk. Malaki Branham contributed 4 assists, while E.J. Liddell cleaned the glass with 8 rebounds.
Michigan State got a 13-point performance from Gabe Brown, who was supported by 11 points from Marcus Bingham Jr.. Tyson Walker had 6 assists in a losing cause for Michigan State, while Marcus Bingham Jr. grabbed 5 rebounds.
Ohio State led at halftime, $HalfScore.
Michigan State won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 26-23.
Next game, Ohio State takes its act home to face Michigan looking for another win. For Michigan State, they head home to face Maryland.