A disastrous trait has somehow gotten worse.
Despite having gone 1-5 in the last six games, Ohio State came in on Thursday as an 8.5-point favorite in Minnesota, with the goal of equalizing the seasonal streak with one win each. The Buckeyes were 11 points ahead at the start of the second half, but that advantage narrowed and was eventually lost with 7:52 left.
Ohio State failed to end the game and suffered a 62-59 loss in Thursday night’s game at Schottenstein Center when Marcus Carr hit a 3-pointer dagger with 3.3 seconds remaining to send Buckeyes fans towards the exits, Andre Wesson’s full shot went beyond the limits for the subsequent possession of the State of Ohio and even after the Buckeyes put the ball still on the ground by only three, the final shot by Duane Washington Jr from the midfield was short.
After losing 84-71 to Minnesota in December, the state of Ohio was blown away by the regular two-game streak. His record drops to 12-7 in total, 2-6 in the Big Ten and 1-6 in the last seven games.
Kyle Young fueled Ohio State when the home team needed a late push, scoring two layups and one dunk in the past three minutes while Minnesota also tried to rally. He couldn’t do enough, though. The junior striker scored 14 points and added six rebounds.
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After losing 35 points in the December match between the two teams, Carr scored 21 points on Thursday.
Minnesota star center Daniel Oturu who averaged 20.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game, was left unscored in the first half. He made some high difficulty shots in the last 20 minutes, ending the game with 11 points and six rebounds in 38 minutes. Oturu made 4 throws out of 12.
With Kaleb Wesson bottled for most of the game, scoring only two points, the Buckeyes rode their backcourt for much of their offense. Duane Washington Jr. lost 12 points and CJ Walker scored 11 points.
The game strengthened in the second half when an 11-point Ohio State lead turned into a one-point lead with 14:15 remaining. A lay-up of Carr gave Minnesota the first lead of the second half with 7:52 remaining, establishing a highly contested end to the game.
In what has become a common occurrence in the past month, the state of Ohio has come out of doors struggling to find many points, committing six turnovers in the first 10 minutes. During that time, Minnesota gained a slight initial advantage. But while not turning the ball at all for the next 10 minutes, Buckeyes got up and entered midfield with a nine-point lead.
Twice, in the state of Ohio, six points were scored in the first half. The second temporarily puts the Buckeyes ahead with a double digit when a couple of free throws by Luther Muhammad give them a 10 point lead.
Next one: Ohio returns to the road to tackle Sunday’s Northwest. The game will begin at 18:30. and will be shown on the Big Ten Network.
Kaleb Wesson was called for a flagrant foul with 14:37 remaining with the second half when he dropped his head and ran into Daniel Oturu while completing a post move.
After leaving the bench in recent games, Luther Muhammad was reinstated in the initial lineup by Chris Holtmann, with DJ Carton on the bench. CJ Walker, Andre Wesson, Kyle Young and Kaleb Wesson completed the top five.
Ibrahima Diallo played in his first game in Big Ten, recording with 8:18 remaining in the first half.
All returning members of the 2019 Ohio State football team were present and honored during the break. Coach Ryan Day mentioned the Fiesta Bowl, saying “That game didn’t go well with us. And you have my word: we won’t forget that game.”
Former Ohio state quarterback Braxton Miller sat in the front row behind one of the two baskets to watch Thursday’s game. He spent some time talking to former Buckeye guard Michael Redd at the start of the second half.