Ohio State broke their lengthy five game losing streak as they topped Nebraska 70-59 this afternoon in Lincoln. Coach Holtmann and the Bucks were finally able to get a win and look very good as they really came to play today on the road. A win away from your home court is always a tough accomplishment in the Big Ten, and the Buckeyes were able to come out on top today.
Both Ohio State and Nebraska started out getting good looks at the rim, and both converted well early on. Ohio State brought great energy throughout the first half being active on defense and moving the ball on offense. They would however struggle to take care of the ball having nine first half turnovers. The Bucks were extremely lazy with their post-entry passes and simply gave it away to the Cornhuskers far too many times. They would sharpen up and begin to play more under control as they switched to a smaller lineup keeping Kaleb Wesson on the bench to avoid getting his second foul. Musa Jallow received more time while starting today and Justin Ahrens and Jaedon LeDee also saw more floor time. Even despite Kaleb being on the bench, Ohio State dominated the boards and the whole painted area. They out-rebounded Nebraska 25-10 and out-matched them in points inside 20-12. Ohio State would surge ahead at the end of the half with a 12-2 run and took a solid 29-24 lead heading into the locker room.
The Huskers would open up the half well quickly tying the game up at 29 before Chris Holtmann called a timeout to settle the Bucks down. Ohio State would regain control soon after taking the lead back and switching their defense to a 2-2-1 press that fell back into a well-ran 2-3 zone. Luther Muhammad would hit huge back to back threes to push the Ohio State lead to 10 with about 9 minutes left in the game. Kaleb Wesson and C.J. Jackson also hit threes themselves to really give the Bucks momentum during this stretch. They were hitting three after three and getting numerous offensive rebounds to take absolute control of the game. Glynn Watson Jr. would score a quick six points to cut the Buckeye lead to seven before Muhammad hit another huge, deep three. Ohio State was able to keep their composure and coast the rest of the way despite the Huskers turning up the pressure late. They would hit their free throws and continue executing at both ends of the floor as they pulled out the win.
OHIO STATE STANDOUTS
Luther Muhammad: 24 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals
C.J. Jackson: 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
Keyshawn Woods: 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
James Palmer Jr.: 19 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds
Glynn Watson Jr.: 18 points, 1 assist
Isaiah Roby: 7 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists
OHIO STATE STATS
33 3PT FG%
38 3PT FG%
This Buckeye team looked much better today than they have in the past few weeks. They seemed much more attentive to detail and were able to create shots and get a rhythm in the game. They brought a ton of energy and played with a ton of hustle dominating the glass and winning the majority of the 50/50 balls. Coach Holtmann and his squad put up a solid performance and will look to build upon it as they take on That Team Up North this Tuesday night on the road.
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