NCAAB Game Recap - Ohio State at Nebraska
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:00 PM EST

USD
59
Gonz
94
F
OrSt
54
Oreg
69
F
Wisc
81
Mich
74
F
Colora
62
Cal
76
F
OhSt
75
Nebras
54
F
Winth
90
USC-Up
82
F
Del
71
Charl
80
F
TexSA
71
FlAtl
80
F
N TX
78
FlInt
59
F
CenMI
57
MiaO
76
F
Jacksn
67
FlGlf
73
F
Iona
86
Canis
65
F
NJIT
65
N AL
72
F
CenCT
58
(N/A)
69
F
Lib
76
KennSt
52
F
StFNY
63
SacHr
73
F
UNCA
80
HiPt
76
F
Oakl
68
IUPUI
71
F
Radf
81
Hamp
78
F
NFla
85
Stetsn
72
F
MtStM
62
StFPA
75
F
Ind
49
Purd
57
F
Longw
58
Presb
55
F
StPet
54
Niag
63
F
Drex
65
UNCW
76
F
Merrim
66
LongI
74
F
Tows
76
Hof
65
F
Bry
72
FaDi
74
F
ULMo
63
ArkLR
79
F
GWebb
83
ChaSo
74
F
LaTec
91
W Ky
95
F(OT)
Marsh
80
UAB
88
F
Temp
69
WichSt
72
F
Mont
56
NoAZ
57
F
Clev
70
WIMil
68
F
YSU
92
WIGB
102
F
Ill
74
NW
66
F
Detr
67
IL-C
84
F
JMU
57
NE
77
F
TNTec
62
Belm
65
F
E KY
62
Murr
74
F
W IL
70
Oral
113
F
SIU-E
90
TN-M
75
F
JacSt
55
TNSt
65
F
E IL
72
SEMO
70
F
MorSt
58
APSU
67
F
E WA
69
S UT
51
F
Ida
49
N CO
93
F
PorSt
89
IdaSt
76
F
NMSt
67
GrCan
53
F
SDSt
69
NDSt
71
F(OT)
TexPA
59
CSBak
79
F
Ariz
48
USC
57
F
StMar
78
SCla
72
F
Portl
65
USF
81
F
Pacif
60
LoyMa
53
F
MTSt
52
Sac
81
F
UCSB
65
UCRiv
60
F
UCIrv
82
CAPoly
76
F
AzSt
72
UCLA
75
F
CS-Ful
59
HI
70
F

Feb 27, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(23) Ohio State (19-9)

43

32

75

Nebraska (7-21)

27

27

54

No. 23 Ohio State makes fast work of Nebraska in 75-54 win
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:59 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Ohio State replaced the injured Kyle Young in the starting lineup with Duane Washington Jr. and didn't miss a beat.

Making his first start since Jan. 11, Washington hit three straight 3-pointers to open the game to get the 23rd-ranked Buckeyes started in a 75-54 victory over Nebraska on Thursday night.

"He has helped us in a couple games get off to really good starts," coach Chris Holtmann said. "He's got a good mindset about him whether he starts or comes off the bench, and those 3s he hit really kind of gave us some confidence early."

While Washington scored from the perimeter and finished with 14 points, Kaleb Wesson took over inside, scoring 16 points and grabbing a career-high 18 rebounds as Ohio State (19-9, 9-8 Big Ten) won for the fourth time in five games.

The Buckeyes rode the momentum of their 79-72 win over Maryland on Sunday to a fast start in their second win over the season over the Cornhuskers. They led 26-12 after making 9 of their first 11 shots, including 5 of 6 3-pointers.

"It's hard to give up five 3s right off the bat and then have to dig yourselves out of that hole," Nebraska's Thorir Thorbjarnarson said.

The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Wesson scored eight of the Buckeyes' first 16 points of the second half, working over whoever the undersized Huskers sent to defend him while posting his 11th double-double of the season.

The Buckeyes never led by fewer than 14 points after half, but their offense operated at nowhere near the efficiency it did early in the game. They shot 33 percent the final 20 minutes and missed 18 of their last 19 3-point attempts.

"We are a really good shooting team. We missed some open ones tonight, and they do a good job flying at your shot," Holtmann said. "I thought we had some patchiness offensively that I didn't love."

C.J. Walker had 15 points and matched his season high with five rebounds.

Nebraska (7-21, 2-15), which lost its 13th straight game, got 13 points from Dachon Burke and 12 from Cam Mack. The Huskers shot 36 percent and were 3 of 16 on 3s.

"This game was different from our past games in that it wasn't really close at half," Thorbjarnarson said. "Even though we held them to way less points in the second half, the resistance in the beginning wasn't good enough, so we couldn't chop down that lead."

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State: The Buckeyes lose some size with Washington taking over for the injured Young, but the Big Ten's top 3-point shooting team gains another perimeter shooter. Ohio State lost two games earlier in the season when Young was out because of an appendectomy. The Buckeyes are playing well enough right now to be able to withstand Young's absence.

Nebraska: The Huskers' 13-game losing streak is the longest among Power Five teams. There's hope. The Power Five team with the second-longest losing streak (12), Northwestern, visits on Sunday.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A win over Nebraska won't move the needle much for Ohio State. The Buckeyes' opportunity for a promotion comes at home against No. 19 Michigan, which lost to Wisconsin on Thursday.

YOUNG STATUS

Young sprained an ankle against Maryland and is listed day-to-day, Holtmann said. Young is averaging 7.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. "Kyle is a big part of what we do," he said, "so it's a concern for sure."

HUSKER MOTIVATION?

With the end of the worst regular season in program history winding down, Thorbjarnarson was asked about what could motivate the Huskers at this point.

"The Big Ten Tournament," he said. "Doesn't matter how the season ends, every team gets a shot. With three games to go, we just have to try to get some momentum going into that. We have a perfect opportunity Sunday against Northwestern."

UP NEXT

Ohio State goes for the two-game season sweep of the Wolverines on Sunday. The Buckeyes won 61-58 in Ann Arbor on Feb. 4.

Nebraska's game against Northwestern matches the Big Ten's bottom two teams. The Wildcats beat the Huskers 62-57 in January for their only conference win.

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Leaders

Ohio State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
H. Hookfin 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Ahrens 0 0 0 3 0 0
Nebraska PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Easley 0 0 0 0 0 1
D. Burke Jr. 13 0 1 3 1 0

Team Comparison

OhSt Nebras
Points For 75 54
Field Goals 25/62-40% 21/59-36%
Three Pointers 6/25-24% 3/16-19%
Free Throws 19/24-79% 9/14-64%
Offensive Rebounds 14 9
Defensive Rebounds 34 24
Rebounds 50 38
Blocks 9 4
Steals 5 5
Turnovers 9 11
Personal Fouls 17 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - OhSt Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Jan 14 Nebras 68 @ OhSt 80 K. Cross 5 J. Ahrens 5
Thu Feb 27 OhSt 75 @ Nebras 54 D. Hummer 2 A. Arop 2

Game Information

Stadium: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska
Attendance: 15,611
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