For the first time in 28 days, the state of Ohio won a basketball game.
|OHIO STATE (13-6)||29||41||70|
January did not look good on Buckeyes after opening the season 12-1. They lost five games in a row against Michigan State, Rutgers, Iowa, Maryland and Purdue. However, the series ended on Saturday when Ohio State Nebraska (70-60) hit the streets.
||FGM-FGA (PCT.)||21-58 (36.2%)|
|9-27 (33.3%)||3PM-3PA (PCT.)||8-22 (36.4%)|
|13-18 (72.2%)||FTM-FTA (PCT.)||10-12 (83.3%)|
The Buckeyes took the lead early in the second half after a 8-0 run, followed by a 12-2 run to double-digit advantage. The advantage rose to 13 points before Nebraska cut the deficit. The Cornhuskers finished with 1:02 still six points, but could not get closer to the leadership.
For much of the season, Nebraska had glass issues, and this trend continued on Saturday. A large part of the state of Ohio was due to the second chance after the team's 39:26 advantage over the rebounds. It had 13 offensive rebounds, giving 14 second-chance points. The Cornhuskers had only two second-chance points.
Luther Muhammad scored a career high of 20 points with 7 of 12 shots, including three 3-pointers. He added six rebounds and three steals.
Andre Wesson has scored double-digit points in five of their last seven games. He dropped 10 points and took three rebounds.
The state of Ohio struggled to control the ball at the start of the game, earning seven in the first 12 minutes. In the following 28 minutes, he turned the ball but only five times.
Similarly, the Buckeyes scored only 9 out of 27 three-point attempts, but during the run they drove four triples with consecutive possessions, giving them a double-digit lead. Two of the 3 hands came from Muhammad, and a piece from C.J. Jackson and Caleb Wesson. Jackson had 10 points.
Kaleb Wesson did not offer as many attacks as usual. He scored only seven points and finished four sales and three fouls. But he got nine rebounds for the team.
Ohio dropped seven points in the first half of the season, but recovered to take control of the game in the final half. Nebraska scored only two shots in the final 9:45 of the half, and the Buckeyes had a 17-5 run to finish halfway through 29-24. They lost the lead early in the second half but regained it and never lost again.
Glynn Watson scored 18 points and James Palmer Jr. scored 19 points.