Ohio State is no longer winless on the road in Big Ten play.
C.J. Jackson found a wide open Marc Loving for a layup off a baseline out of bounds play with 0.6 seconds remaining to give the Buckeyes a 67-66 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Ohio State scratched and clawed its way back from a 12-point first-half deficit to nip the Cornhuskers, a victory that moves its record to 12-7 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten.
A dunk by Trevor Thompson with 8:43 left put Ohio State out front 53-52, its first lead in nearly 28 minutes of game time. Tai Webster's bank shot in the lane put the Huskers back out front with 34 seconds remaining. It didn't look like the Buckeyes would get a good shot off after wasting nearly the entire final half minute on the final possession before Loving missed an open three. JaQuan Lyle corralled the rebound, though and called a desperation timeout during which Thad Matta drew up the winning play.
Loving led the Buckeyes with 15 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds. Jae'Sean Tate scored 13 points apiece and Thompson chipped in 10 and nine boards before fouling out late in the game. Reserve center Dave Bell provided a spark off the bench and made both of his shot attempts to finish with four points while also grabbing a pair of rebounds.
After committing 11 turnovers in the first half, Ohio State did not give the ball away once in the final 20 minutes.
|27–65 (42%)||FGM-FGA (PCT.)||25–60 (42%)|
|6–18 (33%)||3PM-3PA (PCT.)||5–21 (24%)|
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Ohio State jumped out to an early lead behind 3-pointers by Loving and Kam Williams. A 9-7 advantage quickly vanished, however, due to hot shooting by Nebraska and a stretch of ugly offensive sets by the Buckeyes.
The Cornhuskers ripped off a 15-4 run aided by five consecutive missed shots and four quick turnovers by the visitors. The lead ballooned to as many as 12 in the first half but the Buckeyes fought back to only trail 40-32 at intermission. In the first 20 minutes, Ohio State made as many shots beyond the arc (five) as inside it and had more turnovers than made field goals. Nebraska committed five fouls in the first 5 minutes but Ohio State failed to take full advantage.
Loving paced the Buckeyes with 11 points and five rebounds before halftime. Meanwhile, the Cornhuskers shot 50 percent and saw eight players enter the scoring column, led by Glynn Watson Jr. with eight.
Webster led all scorers with 18 points, one of four players in double figures for Nebraska. Michael Jacobson and Evan Taylor each had 11 and Watson Jr. finished with 10.
The Huskers (9-9, 3-3) went just 11-of-20 from the free-throw line, but Ohio State was even worse. The Buckeyes finished 7-of-16 from the stripe.
Ohio State hosts Northwestern on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.