The Buckeyes have their third win in five days.
No. 9 Ohio State outlasted Washington 85-76, surviving a number of Washington runs for its third-straight win.
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The scoring came from everyone in the game. Five different Buckeyes were in double digits, led by Kelsey Mitchell, who had 27, shooting 8-for-17 from the field.
The Buckeyes opened red hot from the field, making their first six shots to take a quick lead but the shots eventually stopped falling, and that became problematic for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes didn't score for the final 3:07 of the first quarter, and Washington racked up a 16-5 advantage on the boards. That, combined with poor interior defense and good shooting from the Huskies led to a 21-21 score after the first quarter.
The second quarter was one of runs. The Buckeyes opened the quarter with a 12-2 run and looked to be pulling away, but Washington countered with a 10-0 run immediately after. Ohio State pulled away at the end of the quarter to take a 42-36 lead into the half.
Mitchell dropped 12 points in the third quarter, half the team's total, and the Buckeyes finally started to win the rebounding battle, holding a 12-7 advantage in the quarter. Ohio State led by 17 points midway through the third, but the Huskies wouldn't die.
Washington battled back and cut the Buckeye lead to three points midway through the fourth, but that's as close as it got. Ohio State went on a 7-0 run and took a comfortable lead. The Huskies never quit, but the Buckeyes were never really threatened down the stretch, and won 85-76.
Ohio State heads to Las Vegas next week to take part in the Play4Kay Showcase where they'll face Memphis at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.