The Ohio State basketball team pulled out a close 73-71 win this Saturday against a very impressive Bucknell team. Bucknell won 25 games last season and proved to be a great squad once again as they truly tested the Buckeyes after a long 10 day break.
Chris Holtmann clearly understood the danger of Bucknell and took the long break to prepare for them. Ohio State came out really trying to get the ball inside to take advantage of their size and finish easy shots at the rim. This allowed the Bucks to get a nice rhythm on offense and take control early. Duane Washington hit some big threes and the Buckeyes found good shots playing through the Wesson brothers as well. The outstanding perimeter shooting of Bucknell kept them close however as the Buckeyes failed to make their shooters uncomfortable. Kimbal Mackenzie and Avi Toomer torched the Bucks all night from three. This lead to Bucknell taking a 40-39 lead at the half.
Ohio State found themselves in a hole quick into the second half, but fought back rapidly. They moved the ball extremely well and began hitting big threes and getting easy layups by keeping the defense off-balanced. C.J. Jackson really controlled the game and allowed the Buckeyes to play with their best style and pace. Bucknell would catch fire however and claw their way back into the game hitting numerous threes late in the game to bring the lead down to two. They would then get the ball back for the last shot with a chance to tie win. Andre Wesson did a terrific job defending Bruce Moore’s three on the last possession and the Bucks were able to pull out the difficult win at home.
- OHIO STATE STANDOUTS
Kaleb Wesson: 22 points, 10 rebounds, 1 block
C.J. Jackson: 10 points, 6 assists, 8 rebounds
Keyshawn Woods: 13 points, 2 assists, 2/2 from 3P
- BUCKNELL STANDOUTS
Kimbal Mackenzie: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3/8 from 3P
Avi Toomer: 13 points, 3 assists, 3/6 from 3P
Jimmy Sotos: 12 points, 5 assists, 7 rebounds
The Buckeyes faced a tough, consistent NCAA Tournament team and managed to pull out a close one in what was truly a dog fight. Chris Holtmann’s team continued to show their toughness despite their youth. The 15th ranked Buckeyes will look to get a win against Youngstown State this Tuesday at home once again in Columbus.
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