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tBBC MBB: OSU Bombed by MSU, 81-62

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. Ken

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    MBB: OSU Bombed by MSU, 81-62
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
    Visit their fantastic blog and read the full article (and so much more) here

    Thad is pointing out a few things. Like where Bryn Forbes is…

    Ohio State (18-10, 10-5) entered the game against Michigan State (22-5, 9-5) a bit shorthanded with the absence, for the season, of Jae’Sean Tate. Life just got a bit more complicated for Thad Matta is now challenged to replace Jae’Sean’s 11.7 PPG and 6.4 RPG. Powered by Bryn Forbes’ 27 points (20 in 2nd half), the Buckeyes were bombed into submission by the Spartans perimeter game, 81-62.

    In spite of Tate’s absence, the Buckeyes played with energy and aggressiveness. Replacing Tate’s box score contributions was a bit too much to overcome against the Spartans. Ohio State’s aggressiveness was apparent by their repeated drives into the lane, and subsequent free throws drawn.

    Ohio State was led by Marc Loving (19 pts) and JaQuan Lyle (16). Trevor Thompson (9 pts), Kieta Bates-Diop (8 pts, 9 rbs) and Kam Williams’ (8) had productive games. Ohio State had 28 rebounds (8 offensive) and 11 turnovers.

    As a team, they shot 39% (19-48) from the field, 36% (5-14) from 3-pt range and 90% (19-21) from the foul line.

    Michigan State was led by Bryn Forbes (27 pts), Darnell Valentine (17 pts, 5 reb, 8 asst) Matt Costello (16 pts, 6 reb).

    They shot 54% (31-57) from the field, 64% (14-22) from 3-pt range and 71% (5-7) from the foul line. They had 30 rebounds (7 offensive) and 9 turnovers.

    1st Half

    Mickey Mitchell made his first career start in place of Jae’Sean and it was clear he struggled to get his bearings. He appeared to be hesitant to shoot, and when he did shoot, he was ineffective (0-3). He did have a rebound and blocked a shot, so you’ll always get the effort from him, just be patient. Ohio State trailed 36-31 at the half in an entertaining 20 minutes.

    The Buckeyes came out with aggressiveness and at the half actually out-rebounded the Spartans 19-17. Both teams took fairly good care of the ball, committing 4 turnovers each. Clearly the difference in first half scoring was MSU’s blistering long range accuracy; hitting 7-10 shots. Ohio State wasn’t bad (4-9), but the Buckeyes were outscored at long range by 21-12.

    Ohio State was led in the 1st half by Marc Loving (9 pts) and Trevor Thompson (7 pts). Kieta Bates-Diop had an energetic, productive half with 6 points and 7 rebounds.

    As a team, they shot 36% (10-28) from the field, 44% (4-9) from 3-pt range and 87% (7-8) from the foul line.

    Michigan State was led in the 1st half by Darnell Valentine (12 pts, 4 asst), and Eron Harris and Bryn Forbes with 7 points each.

    They shot 45% (13-29) from the field, 70% (7-10) from 3-pt range and 60% (3-5) from the foul line.

    2nd Half

    Two quick 3-pt’ers by Bryn Forbes stretched out MSU’s lead to 42-34 two minutes into the half. Ohio State would counter with free throws (Trevor Thompson, Marc Loving) but would lose some ground due to Forbes’ outside shooting.

    By the time we got to the under-8 time out, Michigan State had stretched their lead, thanks to young Mr. Forbes, to 67-54.

    Ohio State’s perimeter defense was flayed by Spartan guards curling off screens for uncontested 3’s. Unfortunately, for the Buckeyes, MSU was unworldly with their outside shooting.

    By the time we got to the 5:15 mark, the Spartans had stretched their lead to 75-58. The combination of MSU outside shooting, inside ball movement and fatigue put OSU in this position.

    The Buckeyes next game is Saturday February 28th at @ 4:00 PM ET when they host the Iowa Hawkeyes. You can watch the game on CBS and/or listen to it on 97.1. Go Buckeyes!

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