Ohio State lost its third-straight game of the season Friday night, falling to Memphis 81-76 in overtime in the Hoophall Miami Invitational. The Buckeyes are now 2-3 on the season.
Ohio State was held without a field goal in the extra period and scored just one point while the Tigers scored six. Memphis only connected on one field goal in overtime, its other four points came at the free-throw line. The game headed to overtime after the two teams were tied at 75-all after 40 minutes.
JaQuan Lyle and Marc Loving carried the load for the Buckeyes offensively. Lyle had a team-high 18 points with eight assists while Loving had 17 points and seven rebounds. Keita Bates-Diop added 10 points for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes shot just 46 percent from the field, made 9 of their 25 3-point attempts and were only 11 for 19 from the free-throw line. Memphis made 28 of its 36 attempts at the stripe in what was a game filled with fouls. The Tigers were led by Shaq Goodwin's team-high 23 points, while Dedric Lawson had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
|28-61 (46)||FGM-FGA (PCT.)||24-58 (41)|
|9-25 (36)||3PM-3PA (PCT.)||5-14 (36)|
|11-19 (58)||FTM-FTA (PCT.)||28-36 (78)|
In addition to Memphis' large edge at the free-throw line, it also forced 13 Ohio State turnovers in the second half and extra period. The Buckeyes held a 67-63 advantage in the second half before a 9-0 run by the Tigers helped force overtime.
The first half was a foul fest as Ohio State and Memphis combined to commit 27 fouls in the first 20 minutes. The Buckeyes led, 37-35, at halftime.
Lyle played what was, perhaps, the best half of his short collegiate career as he scored 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Loving had 12 points and was 5-for-5 at the free-throw line in the first half.
Ohio State didn’t shoot it particularly well, connecting on only 43 percent of its shots from the field. The Buckeyes finished the first half a dismal 2 for 11 from behind the 3-point line after starting the game 2 for 3 from behind the arc. The Buckeyes held a 14-8 advantage in points in the paint and forced eight Memphis turnovers in a half which featured five ties and seven lead changes.
Memphis connected on 45 percent of its first-half field goal attempts and was just 3 for 9 from deep. The Tigers attempted 17 first-half free throws, making 12. The largest first-half lead by either team was just five points by the Buckeyes.
Ohio State will next be in action Tuesday at home against Virginia as part of the ACC/Big Ten challenge.