In Ohio State, Saturday's game against Bucknell seemed to be in control. He had a double-digit lead five minutes before the end in the first half. Then the bison got hot.
Bucknell finished the first half with a 15-2 run to take the lead in the last minute of the first half for the first time since the first minute of play. A 9-2 run to open the second half extended the lead to eight points.
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But a 17-3 draw brought Ohio State back to the top, and the Buckeyes controlled the lead for the remainder of the game, defeating the bison 73-71 on Saturday afternoon at the Schottenstein Center.
Bucknell nearly came back in the final minutes of the game, cutting the Ohio State lead to two points 14 seconds from time, but the Bison missed two shots in the last 10 seconds.
Keyshawn Woods, who only scored four points in the first half, hit a three-pointer and a jumper during the comeback run in Ohio State in the second half of a pair, eventually forcing Bucknell to call for a break after his second triple , C.J. Jackson had five points during the run, including the shot, which gave the Buckeyes a 53-52 lead.
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Caleb Wesson, who dominated the paint against a too small sized Bucknell forecourt, led Ohio State with a career high of 22 points. He added 10 rebounds and four assists for his second double-double. Jackson had six high-profile team helpers who could ride with 10 points. Woods also ended in double digits with 13 points.
Although Andre Wesson had left the game at the beginning of the second half after a collision in which he lost three teeth, he returned with a surgical mask and had nine rebounds. He also scored the top four points in the state of Ohio State.
Bucknell had an early win over Ohio State outside the 3-point line.
Although Bucknell entered the country in 113th place with a 36.1 percent 3-percent percentage, Bucknell scored 9 out of 17 triplets in the first half, making up 27 of 39 in the first half. No single player led the breakout. Five players scored either six or eight points in the first half and four players in three threes.
In the second half, the Buckeyes managed to keep the bison at bay. Bucknell went from 3 to 13 in the second half from the 3-point range. The state of Ohio shot almost half as many triplets as the bison, but hit 6 of 15 shots from outside the arc.