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tBBC MBB: Williams’ 21 Leads Ohio State Over Northwestern

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, Jan 6, 2016.

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    MBB: Williams’ 21 Leads Ohio State Over Northwestern
    Ken
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    The Buckeyes traveled to Evanston. IL with intent to take down the Northwestern Wildcats. In a painful game to take in, the Buckeyes (11-5, 3-0) beat Northwestern (13-3, 1-2,) by the score of 65-56.

    Ohio State placed three players in double figures: were led by Kam Williams (21 points, 2 rebounds) off the bench, Trevor Thompson (12, 10) and Marc Loving (10, 7). JaQuan Lyle had only 7 points, but he did provide 7 assists. Jae’Sean Tate had 9 points and 4 rebounds; however, he was an abysmal 1-6 from the free throw line. He, and the team had good fortune with Kam’s performance that pulled their bacon out of the fire. Mickey Mitchell contribute 2 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists.

    The Buckeyes shot 44% (25-56) from the field, 28% (5-18) from 3-pt range and an eye-watering 45% (10-22) from the foul line. They had 44 rebounds, 11 of them offensive rebounds.

    The Wildcats were 21-67 (31%) from the field, 6-25 (24%) from 3-pt range and only 53% (8-15) from the line.



    1st Half

    There was a slow start to the game, with clock (game/shot) issues. Less than 30 seconds into the game, Kieta Bates-Diop missed a 3-pointer, but a Marc Loving rebound & put-back put OSU on the board early. The teams ebbed and flowed in a choppy game and at the midpoint the teams stood at 12-12. A two minute stretch had OSU on a 9-0 run to move OSU’s lead to 26-17. However, the Wildcats countered with a 10-0 run beginning at the 3:41 mark to take a 27-26 score into the halftime break.

    The Buckeyes were 11-27 (41%) from the field, 2-10 (20%) from 3-pt range, and an abysmal 2-6 (33%) from the foul line. They grabbed 22 rebounds, 6 offensive, but had 8 turnovers.

    Northwestern was 10-33 (30%) from the field, 2-13 (15%) from 3-pt range and 5-9 (56%) from the free throw line. The Wildcats had 22 rebounds and 4 turnovers.

    Aside from the mediocre shooting by Ohio State, their inefficiency (poor FT shooting and turnovers) significantly dampened the scoring. Tate had a terrible half; 4 points and 1 rebound. He missed all 4 of his FT attempts. two of them were front ends of 1-and-1’s. Thompson had a good showing (4 points, 8 rebounds) as did Loving (6, 3). Kam Williams came off the bench to score 8 points.



    2nd Half

    Northwestern scored the first 3 points in the half, but OSU quickly countered with 6 straight, before the Wildcats scored 4 to give them a 34-32 lead at the under-16 mark. At the mid-point of the half, OSU was hanging on to a 42-41 lead.

    The teams traded layups, 3 pointers and missed FTs and at the under-4 timeout, Ohio State held a 57-53 lead. From the 5:28 mark to the 2:00, Ohio State outscored Northwestern 12-3 to give them breathing room.

    The Buckeyes next game is Sunday January 10th against Indiana @ 1:30 PM ET in Bloomington, IN. Television coverage will be via CBS, check local listings.

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