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tBBC MBB: Ohio State Edges Northwestern 71-63

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, Feb 9, 2016.

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    MBB: Ohio State Edges Northwestern 71-63
    Ken
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    Thad “offering” 2nd half encouragement. Especially foul shooting.

    For Tuesday’s game, Thad changed the lineup again, reverting back to Trevor Thompson starting at center for Daniel Giddens and JaQuan Lyle for A.J. Harris at guard. Ohio State (15-10, 7-5) overcame first half shooting and rebounding shortcomings to overcome Northwestern (16-9, 4-8) by the score of 71-63.. Their ‘not bad’ field goal shooting (41%, 23-59) was salvaged by extraordinary free throw shooting (82%, 19-23). Coming down the home stretch in the last 2:40 of the game, the Buckeyes made 12 consecutive free throws.

    They did have other aspects of the game that were respectable such as committing only 5 turnovers. That’s damn good ball handling. Although out-rebounded by a wide margin in the first half, OSU did finish with 34 rebounds, 10 of them offensive. For the Buckeyes, that’s pretty decent offensive rebounding (they average 10 per game).

    The Buckeyes placed all five starters in double figures. JaQuan Lyle paced the scoring with 16 points. Joining the fray were Marc Loving (15 pts) Trevor Thompson (12), Kieta Bates-Diop (11) and Jae’Sean Tate (10). Trevor led the team with 9 rebounds, followed by KBD (8) and Jae’Sean (7).

    Meanwhile for the game, the Wildcats were 39% (21-54) from the field, 44% (12-27) from 3-pt range and 75% (9-12) from the line. They grabbed 38 rebounds, 12 of them offensive and committed 14 turnovers. Northwestern had four players in double figures: Tre Demps (14 pts), Bryant McIntosh (14), Alex Olah (11) and Scottie Lindsey (10).

    1st Half

    The teams ended the half with Northwestern holding a 33-26 lead. To get to that point, Ohio State and Northwestern would open the game with trading mini (2 and 3 FG) runs with neither team able to open up more than a 4 point lead through the midpoint of the half, with the Wildcats holding a 15-11 lead . The Wildcats, despite poor shooting (31%) kept in the game by out rebounding the Buckeyes 13-5 at the mid-point. The extra possessions provided needed possessions for N’Western.

    This was further exacerbated with an Ohio State scoring drought. During the 15:28 to 9:09 stretch, Northwestern outscored OSU 10-2, taking a 16-13 lead. The Wildcats went on a brief 8-1 run to take a 24-14 lead, prompting Thad to take a time out at the 6:00 mark to right the ship.

    The Buckeyes dug themselves into the halftime hole due to poor shooting and being ineffective on the boards. Ohio State shot 36% (10-28) from the field and were only 3-6 from the foul line. Ohio State did get significant scoring “leadership” from Marc Loving (10 points) and Jae’Sean Tate (6 points). Tate also pulled in 6 rebounds, 3 offensive.

    For the half, Northwestern out-rebounded Ohio State 25-15, with 10 offensive rebounds. The Wildcats bombed the Buckeyes into submission by making 6-14 3-pt shots. If it weren’t for N’western’s 8 turnovers, this could have been a really ugly half.

    2nd Half

    Things did not start well for Ohio State in terms of perimeter defense with N’Western’s Brant McIntosh making two 3-pt shots in the fist three minutes. Fortunately, while this was going on, OSU made three field goals to maintain their 7 point deficit, 39-32.

    The next five minutes were very similar, with N’Western’s Scottie Lindsey’s 5 points being enough to offset Trevor Thompson (2 pts) and Kieta Bates-Diop (3 pts). With 12 minutes remaining, Ohio State had failed to cut into the Northwestern lead.

    Ohio State’s prospects improved a good bit, thank, I think, to the encouragement of 97.1 color commentator Ron Stokes. He advised that OSU need a couple defensive stops and come up with a run to overcome the Wildcats’ lead. Ohio State went on a 8-0 run over 1:30 to pull within 1 point, 48-47 with 8:30 remaining in the game.

    The Buckeyes found their range, thanks primarily to to Kieta Bates-Diop to take the lead at 52-50 and 59-56 (3:29 remaining). Over the last 3:30, the Buckeyes made only 1 FG (JaQuan Lyle) but knocked in 12 consecutive FTs.

    The Buckeyes next game is Saturday February 13th at @ 4:00 PM ET when they travel to Piscataway to take on Rutgers. Ohio State will go for the season sweep on Saturday. You can watch the game on BTN and/or listen to it on 97.1. Go Buckeyes!

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