NCAAB Game Recap - Cincinnati at Ohio State
Wed Nov 6, 2019 8:30 PM EST

ND
65
UNC
76
F
UVA
48
Syr
34
F
Cin
56
OhSt
64
F
NoAZ
52
Ariz
91
F
WIGB
57
Purd
79
F
Wake
70
BC
77
F
IUPUI
47
Butl
80
F
Mercer
79
StJon
109
F
BrwP
35
GASt
104
F
(N/A)
68
BethC
110
F
(N/A)
50
ETSU
79
F
(N/A)
44
Morg
71
F
MtStM
68
GTown
81
F
(N/A)
52
Hamp
112
F
McNee
65
W MI
75
F
N AL
55
SCar
77
F
(N/A)
64
Maine
84
F
(N/A)
58
Kent
97
F
SJSU
79
Hof
71
F
NJIT
75
Colg
80
F
LoyLA
70
South
87
F
(N/A)
70
SFA
89
F
Charl
74
JMU
79
F
SeLA
55
Tul
76
F
FlaSt
61
Pitt
63
F
Oral
75
OkSt
80
F
LaTec
82
TXAMC
49
F
SEMO
65
Vand
83
F
NWSt
63
TexAM
77
F
(N/A)
51
SthAL
82
F
InWor
42
Mizzu
82
F
Belm
72
IlSt
79
F
ETXB
70
Gram
102
F
(N/A)
55
DeP
84
F
ARMon
49
ArkSt
65
F
(N/A)
71
NM
92
F
JackSt
62
UCSB
83
F
Mont
62
Stan
73
F
LongB
65
UCLA
69
F

Nov 6, 2019, 8:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Cincinnati (0-1)

26

30

56

(18) Ohio State (1-0)

19

45

64

No. 18 Ohio State pulls away to beat Cincinnati 64-56
Thu Nov 7, 2019 12:51 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann was so exasperated with his team's offense at halftime of Wednesday's season opener against Cincinnati that he tore up the game plan and started over from scratch.

The adjustments led to the 18th-ranked Buckeyes rallying from a seven-point first half deficit to turn back the visiting Bearcats 64-56 in a rare regular season match-up between the state's two largest universities.

"That was a good, old fashioned rock fight there," Holtmann said. "It was the most physical opening game I have ever been a part of. Give Cincinnati a lot of credit. I thought they disrupted everything we wanted to do game plan-wise.

"We could not run our offense so much so that we scrapped our offense at halftime," he said. "Our guys were great. They played off instincts and really responded. I'm sure it wasn't aesthetically pleasing to people, but I don't really care."

Junior forward Kyle Young had a career-high 14 points and 13 rebounds to pace Ohio State. He made 6 of 7 shots from the floor and the Buckeyes rallied to spoil John Brannen's Cincinnati coaching debut.

"I would just say effort is a big thing," said Young, who missed most of last season with a leg injury. "Coach preaches high energy, and I have to be a guy who goes in there and gets extra rebounds. We just trust that we're going to play well together."

Freshman guard D.J. Carton added nine points and five rebounds for Ohio State, while Kaleb Wesson had eight points and 11 rebounds. C.J. Walker also added eight points in his Ohio State debut after transferring from Florida State.

Jarron Cumberland and Keith Williams each had 13 points to lead Cincinnati, which shot a dismal 33 percent from the floor and 19 percent from behind the three-point arc (4 of 21).

"I thought it looked like an early season game with two pretty good basketball teams," Brannen said. "The physicality of the game and the lack of offensive rhythm had a lot to do with it being the first game."

Cincinnati led 26-19 after a slow, rough first half. Ohio State failed to score for the first 7:45 until Young got a breakaway jam off Carton's outlet pass. Up to that point, Ohio State had missed its first seven shots from the floor as well as its first four free throws while committing five turnovers.

Ohio State went on a 14-3 run to start the second half, with Kaleb Wesson stepping out to hit a pair of 3s. They surged ahead 33-29 with 13:16 left.

Buckeyes freshman E.J. Liddell scored off a feed from Duane Washington Jr., and Carton hit a pair of free throws to make it 59-53 with 2:16 left.

Cincinnati's Chris McNeal had a three-point play to cut it to 60-56 with 52 seconds left, and Ohio State's Washington and C.J. Walker each hit a pair of free throws to help the Buckeyes ride it out.

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State: After a slow start, a good win for the Buckeyes, who were ranked in the preseason AP poll for the first time in five years.

Cincinnati: Brannen led Northern Kentucky to two NCAA Tournament appearances in the last three seasons before he was tapped to replace Mick Cronin, who left UC after 13 years to become the head coach at UCLA. The Bearcats stayed close most of the way but couldn't finish.

A RARE OCCURRENCE

This was just the fourth men's basketball meeting between Ohio's two largest universities since 1962. It was Cincinnati's first trip to Columbus to play Ohio State since 1921. Ohio State won by an identical score at Cincinnati last year as part of a two-year home-and-home arrangement. The Buckeyes now lead the all-time series 8-4. It's unclear, however, when these two schools - located just 100 miles apart - will play again.

INJURY UPDATE

Ohio State senior forward Andre Wesson left with 6 minutes left after being poked in the right eye on a rebound attempt. He did not return.

UP NEXT

Cincinnati: Hosts Drake on Monday.

Ohio State: Hosts UMass-Lowell on Sunday.

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Leaders

Cincinnati PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Diarra 0 0 0 0 1 0
K. Williams 13 0 0 2 1 0
Ohio State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Ahrens 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Young 14 0 0 13 1 1

Team Comparison

Cin OhSt
Points For 56 64
Field Goals 19/57-33% 20/49-41%
Three Pointers 4/21-19% 5/16-31%
Free Throws 14/23-61% 19/29-66%
Offensive Rebounds 16 14
Defensive Rebounds 21 27
Rebounds 41 43
Blocks 1 2
Steals 6 2
Turnovers 14 15
Personal Fouls 27 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - OhSt Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Nov 6 Cin 56 @ OhSt 64 Z. Harvey 1 E. Liddell 5

Game Information

Stadium: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 13,845
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