EAST LANSING, Mich. — JaQuan Lyle had just finished off a disappointing performance when a phone call rocked his world.

It was shortly after Ohio State had fended off an upset challenge from Rutgers at Value City Arena on Feb. 8 when Lyle’s mother, Lumecha Garrett, delivered some news she had been holding onto for about a day: His sister, Jala, was in a coma after giving birth in their hometown of Evansville, Indiana.

What followed was an emotional week capped by his return to the Buckeyes on Monday afternoon with the welcome news that his sister is expected to recover.

On Tuesday night, Lyle came off the bench and scored 10 points as Ohio State lost 74-66 to Michigan State, but he said he had a smile because he had actually heard his sister talk earlier that day.

“It was real tough when I went home,” he said. “I went in the room probably twice and I think I came out crying both times just from seeing my sister like that. It tore me up, but she called me today and, when I heard her voice I’ve had the biggest smile on my face. That made my day. I’m just happy she’s doing good.”

Lyle said his mom didn’t tell him so that he could play against the Scarlet Knights.

Still fighting an ankle injury that sent him to the bench Feb. 4 in a win at Michigan, Lyle was ineffective against Rutgers and scored only two points. At halftime, he pulled his shoe off, ripped off the tape job on his ankle and told the coaches he was done, only to suit up and play a few second-half minutes.

Immediately after the game, he learned about his sister and couldn’t get home until early Thursday. Without him, Ohio State lost at No. 21 Maryland on Saturday, and things weren’t looking good for his sister until she started to turn the corner during the weekend.

On Tuesday, Jala Lyle was able to stand up and talk after the doctors removed the ventilator from her mouth, he said. She is expected to make a full recovery and be sent home soon.

“It was definitely hard, especially seeing my sister like that,” Lyle said. “That was probably one of the toughest things I’ve ever seen in my life, and then also leaving my brothers during a critical part of the season. I mean, they understood, family first, but they’re also my family. They went to Maryland and had a hard-fought game that didn’t go the way we wanted to but they played well.”

Against the Spartans, Lyle played 28 minutes — his most since a loss at Iowa on Jan. 28. He was aggressive in the first half, scoring all 10 of his points, but faded in the second. Coach Thad Matta said he wasn’t sure how much the Buckeyes would be able to get from Lyle and said they probably pushed him more than they had planned because much of the team was in foul trouble.

“He was good (mentally),” Matta said. “He was fine. No changes or anything. I think he was actually glad to be back and be around the guys. He probably did (wear down), but that sort of is what it is. We needed him out there.”

In a season that looks poised for a return to the NIT, it was a piece of positive news.

“Everybody was behind me,” Lyle said. “Everybody respected my decision to go home. Everybody reached out individually and obviously Buckeye Nation showed a lot of love on social media. I appreciate everybody that reached out. I appreciate that.”