The Buckeye basketball team hosted the Syracuse Orange this Wednesday night and suffered their first loss this year 72 to 62. Jim Boeheim’s squad lead by Tyus Battle started out the year ranked in the top 25, but fell out after two losses to Connecticut and Oregon. It was still known however that the ‘Cuse team would provide a tough test for coach Holtmann’s young crew.
The Buckeyes started off executing well against the stingy 2-3 zone finding the gaps and hitting easy shots from all around the floor. Eventually however, the ‘Cuse zone began to slow down the Bucks and the Orange closed in on the early Ohio State lead. Syracuse also shot incredibly well from three. They have shot just 23 percent from beyond the arc so far this season but went 6 of 13 in the first half. The Bucks still held on and lead 31 to 29 after 20 minutes.
Both teams started off solid coming out of the half. The Buckeyes began to find a rhythm against the zone again but failed to convert at the rim and outside often. The Orange would warm up again continuing to nail three after three to take a double-digit lead that would be held consistently for most of the last 12 minutes. During this, Ohio State began to unravel turning the ball over and failing to make shots. C.J. Jackson did not shoot well going just 4 of 14 but did make 9 of 12 free throws. Kaleb Wesson went 1 of 8 failing to covert numerous times at the rim. He would perform well at the line though going 11 of 14 . That however wasn’t enough and Ohio State never made the comeback falling by 10 in their first loss of the season.
- Ohio State Standouts
C.J. Jackson: 19 points, 8 rebounds
Kaleb Wesson: 13 points, 8 rebounds
Kyle Young: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
- Syracuse Standouts
Tyus Battle: 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Elijah Hughes: 18 points, 3 assists, 4-9 from Three
Oshae Brissett: 14 points
The Buckeyes played tough but failed to execute on offense and produce. They also could not stop the Orange’s perimeter offense enough to keep it close. Syracuse managed to shoot 46 percent from three making 11 total and also out-shot the Bucks overall 49 to 33 percent. Ohio State also managed to shoot 16 more free throws and only had 9 turnovers despite the loss. They just seemed to have no answer for the perimeter shot and failed to create their own offense on the other end. The young team certainly faced a tough test and will grow from this loss. Ohio State will stay home and face Minnesota this coming Sunday.
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