The Buckeyes take one from Nebraska, 63-56 in a game that felt closer at times than the final score would indicate.
The Buckeyes got off to a quick start in the first half, going up by nine points early, only to see the lead disappear as the Huskers fought back, taking a lead 14-12. After back and forth, Ohio State took a convincing lead as the first half came to a close, punctuated by a steal by Aaron Craft that led to a Deshaun Thomas dunk.
Amir Williams had a solid half, aggressively going to the basket and drawing numerous fouls. Williams still needs to develop a strong move up with the ball when he gets rebounds around the basket. Too often when he gets the ball around his waist he struggles to get the ball back up to the hoop. He gets bailed out by the fouls but if he was able to go up strong, he would be unstoppable.
The second half started out like the first half ended, with the Buckeyes pushing the lead up to 13 points. As the second half waned, Nebraska slowly worked themselves back into the game due to some poor Buckeye shooting and decent defense and rebounding by the Cornhuskers. They would get as close as five but an acrobatic reverse layup by Craft and timely free throws at the end maintained the lead for the Buckeyes.
Lenzelle Smith was the high scorer in the game, leading everyone with 21 points. Amir Williams pulled down eight rebounds and had three blocks.
The Buckeyes now wait to see how the Michigan/Indiana game plays out before the Buckeyes take the Wolverines on again in Ann Arbor next Tuesday and welcome the Hoosiers to Columbus on Sunday.