A double-digit first-half lead was not enough for Ohio State to snatch a massive road victory against one of the top teams in college basketball on Wednesday night.
Behind a balanced attack in the final 20 minutes, No. 6 Virginia rebounded from a 16-point deficit to beat Ohio State 63-61 at the John Paul Jones Arena as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. JaQuan Lyle missed a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer to secure the win for the Cavaliers.
A 3-pointer by London Perrantes tied the game at 55 with 4 minutes remaining, the second time the contest was deadlocked after Ohio State built a 16-point first-half lead. Marial Shayok's layup gave the Cavaliers the lead for good with just under 2 minutes to play. The Buckeyes had multiple chances to even things but couldn't execute well enough down the stretch.
They finished with 20 turnovers in the game.
|22–44 (50%)||FGM-FGA (PCT.)||21–56 (38%)|
|6–17 (35%)||3PM-3PA (PCT.)||7–16 (44%)|
|11–13 (85%)||FTM-FTA (PCT.)||14–20 (70%)|
Ohio State led 36-24 at halftime on the heels of a 60 percent shooting performance before intermission. Ohio State held Virginia to just 8-of-28 shooting and poured in 13 points off five Cavalier turnovers.
Jae'Sean Tate led a dominant effort in the paint in the first half, scoring 12 points. Ohio State owned a 22-4 advantage down low in the opening 20 minutes, using a 14-2 run to build its lead to as much as 16. Four Buckeyes scored at least 5 points in the opening 20 minutes.
Things quickly unraveled for the Buckeyes, however. Virginia began the second half on a 15-3 run, making its seven of its first nine shots to take its first lead of the game with 14:43 remaining.
A back and forth affair ensued before Virginia surged ahead over the final 90 seconds.
Perrantes led all scorers with 19 points. Devon Hall was the lone other Cavalier in double figures with 12.
Tate led Ohio State (6-1) with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Lyle chipped in 12 but committed eight turnovers. Five Buckeyes scored at least seven points but it was not enough to fend off the late push by Virginia (7-0).
Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop missed his fourth consecutive game with an ankle injury. He traveled with the team and warmed up but did not play.
The Buckeyes are next in action on Saturday against Fairleigh Dickinson. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. from Value City Arena.