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Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team continues to falter with 80-69 loss at Ohio State

Michigan State's Joey Hauser, right, tries to drive past Ohio State's Cedric Russell during the second half on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. (AP photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Malaki Branham scored 22 points and No. 23 Ohio State snapped a two-game losing streak with an 80-69 win over Michigan State on Thursday night.

Branham scored 15 points in the second half and finished 9 for 16 from the floor.

The Buckeyes (19-9, 12-7 Big Ten) made their first five shots and sped to a 13-0 lead in the first 2:47.

Michigan State (19-11, 10-9) rallied and closed within two points with 8:11 remaining in the first half.

Gabe Brown led Michigan State with 13 points, and Marcus Bingham Jr. added 11.

“I’m angry with the way we played,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “The start beat us, not the end. I’m not happy with how we played defensively. I’m not happy with our leadership right now.”