By Matt McCoy
In Aaron Craft's final home game, a series of signature Aaron Craft defensive and hustle plays lifted Ohio State to a 69-67 win over Michigan State.
Leading by one, Craft dove to the floor to secure a rebound off a miss by Spartan forward Adreian Payne...leading by two, he stole the ball away from Michigan State's Denzel Valentine...and with the clock ticking down, he forced a miss by Spartan leading scorer Gary Harris to secure the victory. All of that--in the last 30 seconds.
"That would probably be the most fitting end to an Ohio State guy's career," Coach Thad Matta said. "I don't know if it could describe his career any better than that."
Craft finished with 12 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and spearheaded a defense that held Michigan State to two points over the final 6:56 and zero points over the final 4:30.
"You've got to love Craft...I mean I do," a dejected Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "It was an honor to coach against him for four years. He represents everything that I think is right."
The victory capped off the home careers for Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. who finished with 9 points and 8 rebounds. They had emotional pre-game messages played on the video board from their parents and then were honored before the game. The videos below feature the game highlights and the senior night ceremonies for Smith and Craft.
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