Feb. 20, 2016
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) JaQuan Lyle scored all 19 of his points after halftime, including six in overtime to carry Ohio State to a 65-62 victory over Nebraska on Saturday.
Lyle’s layup with 31 seconds left broke a 62-62 tie, and the Huskers missed on three more chances before Ohio State secured its sixth win in eight games.
Andrew White III missed badly on a drive with 15.1 seconds left and on a 3-pointer after that. Glynn Watson Jr. grabbed White’s miss and was well off with his desperation try just before the buzzer.
Jack McVeigh led the Huskers (14-14, 6-9) with 16 points, White had 14 and Watson added 10. Nebraska shot a season-low 27.1 percent from the field.
White’s 3-pointer with 54 seconds left put Nebraska up 56-54 with 54 seconds left in regulation, the Huskers’ first lead since early in the second half.
Bates-Diop missed a shot on the other end and got his own rebound, then Ohio State’s Tai Webster fouled out and sent Lyle to the line. Lyle made the free throws to tie it 56, and the game went to overtime after Mickey Mitchell stole the ball from Glynn Watson Jr. at midcourt.
Ohio State led by 11 points midway through the second half. Nebraska cut it to 50-49 with 3:11 left on White’s two free throws. It was still a one-point game with a minute left after both teams traded four free throws.
Both teams slogged through the first half, combining for four scores on the first 24 possessions. The Buckeyes started 1 for 10 from the field with five turnovers but still led early because Nebraska’s shooting was worse yet.
The teams traded the lead five times in the last 3 1/2 minutes of the half, with Glynn Watson Jr.’s three-point play sending the Huskers to the locker room with a 22-21 edge.
Ohio State: 21 points in first half were fewest since Buckeyes had 18 in a loss at Indiana on Jan. 10. … The Buckeyes blocked eight shots. Daniel Giddens (1.6 per game), Trevor Thompson (1.3) and Keita Bates-Diop (1.1) all rank among the top 12 in the Big Ten in blocks. … Four Buckeyes are averaging 10 or more points in Big Ten games.
Nebraska: Matched a season low for points in a first half with 22, same as Huskers had in loss at Iowa on Jan. 5. … Four-year starter and second-leading scorer Shavon Shields missed his fourth straight game as he recovers from a concussion. … Freshman Ed Morrow, who has been battling a foot problem, also sat out his fourth game in a row. … Coach Tim Miles was assessed a technical for arguing a foul on Webster late in the first half.
Benny Parker, Nebraska’s 5-foot-9 guard, made the Huskers’ hustle play of the game when he charged into the paint after missing a 3-pointer to wrestle the ball away from Loving, who had just rebounded Jacobson’s follow-up miss. Loving fouled Parker, and Parker made both free throws to pull the Huskers with 47-45.
Ohio State hosts No. 8 Michigan State on Tuesday.
Nebraska visits Penn State on Thursday.