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tBBC OSUMBB: Ohio State Edges Akron 72-63 in Overtime

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, Mar 15, 2016.

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    OSUMBB: Ohio State Edges Akron 72-63 in Overtime
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
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    Thad wondering where he’ll get enough healthy players.

    Ohio State (20-13) teed it up in the 1st round of the National Invitational Tournament by hosting in-state opponent University of Akron (26-8). The Zips lost a tough game, 64-61 in the Mid-American Conference tournament final against University of Buffalo (I had to get that in). Ohio State entered the game as a 4.5 point favorite; they opened at 5.5 favorite. Ohio State left the game as a 72-63 winner in overtime.

    Thad had to adjust his starting lineup, again, as Forward Kieta Bates-Diop did not dress, reportedly due to illness. Thad started JaQuan Lyle, Trevor Thompson, Mickey Mitchell, Marc Loving and Kam Williams (in place of Kieta). This forced Thad into a very short bench consisting of; Daniel Giddens, David Bell, A.J. Harris and Joey Lane. The Buckeyes needed nearly as many seats for their “walking wounded” of Jake Lorbach, Jae’Sean Tate and Kieta Bates-Diop.

    This game was fairly low energy. As I mentioned in my latest “2nd Thoughts” article, this Buckeye team appears fatigued. This was Akron’s 4th game in six days, thus there didn’t appear to be much spring in their legs either.

    Ohio State was led by Marc Loving (18 pts, 13 rebs), JaQuan Lyle (18, 15, 5 asst) and Kam Williams (18, 5 reb). Trevor Thompson grabbed 9 rebounds and Daniel Giddens 6 rebounds. Mickey Mitchell had 9 points, all in the 2nd half.

    As a team, they shot 34% (23-67) from the field, 24% (5-21) from 3-pt range and a torrid 91% (21-23) from the foul line. They had 57 rebounds (18 offensive), 12 turnovers and 9 assists.

    Akron was lead by Isiah Johnson (16 pts, 12 rebs), Reggie McAdams (12, 11) and Jake Kretzer (12 pts).

    They shot 33% (23-70) from the field, 21% (9-42) from 3-pt range and a dismal 40% (8-20) from the foul line. They had 43 rebounds (16 offensive), 8 turnovers and 10 assists.

    1st Half

    The Buckeyes got off to a rough start, being challenged by Akron’s interior defense. Within the first 30 seconds, Marc Loving missed a 3-pt’er and Mickey Mitchell missed 2 layups. An inauspicious start for Ohio State… In fact neither team could find the hoop; 5 minutes into the game, the score was tied at 3-3. It was also at this point that I wished I’d have ventured something regarding the O/U of 147 points.

    Over the next 10 minutes, back and forth play had the Zips up by one point, 19-18. From the 5 minute mark to the 1:10 points, Akron went on a 10-4 run to move their lead to 29-22. Fortunately, 2 free throws by Marc Loving and a FG by JaQuan Lyle pulled the Buckeyes to within 4 points, 29-25.

    2nd Half

    In contrast to his horrid 1st half from the field (0-4), Mickey Mitchell scored 7 of OSU’s first 11 points to give the Buckeyes a much needed lift.

    At the under-16 mark, the Buckeyes managed to ties the game at 36 all. In addition to Mitchell’s offense, they came out of the locker room playing a much energized team defense. Two minutes later, three consecutive free throws by Kam Williams, backed up an earlier trey to extend Ohio State’s lead to 44-40. However an Akron 6-0 run regained the lead, 46-44 at the under-12 point.

    Kam Williams responded with a 3-pt FG (his, and Ohio State’s 9th consecutive points) to regain OSU’s lead at 47-46, prompting an Akron time out at the 10:49 point. At the 7:00 mark, a long 3-pt FG was drained by Akron’s Reggie McAdams to pull the Zips to within one point, 52-51. He was fouled by JaQuan Lyle, made the FT, and the game is now tied at 52.

    By the 3:26 mark, 6 consecutive points by JaQuan Lyle almost offset 7 Akron points to keep Ohio State within 1 point, 59-58. At the 1:15 mark, the game was tied at 62 and the Buckeyes had possession. And thus it would end in regulation.


    Marc Loving opened scoring with FG from right of the Ft line at the 4:39. A steal and break-away layup by Kam Williams gave OSU a 66-63 lead at the 2:40 point. Another layup by Kam Williams on a beautiful snap pass by JaQaun Lyle gave OSU a 68-63 lead at the 1:02 point.


    Next up: #2 seed Florida (20-14). Tip-off is TBD at the moment. You can listen to the game on 97.1.

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