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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State nearly erased an 18-point second half deficit but Wisconsin was able to hold on down the stretch for a 65-60 victory Thursday night in Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes are 11-11 on the year and 3-8 in the Big Ten.
Brice Sensabaugh led the team in scoring yet again, finishing with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. But he was saddled with foul trouble all night and would end up fouling out with 9:20 to play in the game. The 16:19 was his fewest minutes in a game since Nov. 30.
Zed Key finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. This was his six game in the last seven since injuring his shoulder in which he has scored 10 or more points. Justice Sueing scored eight points and pulled-down a game-high and career-high tying 11 rebounds. Sueing went over 1,500 career points in the game.
Isaac Likekele had another solid line as he scored eight points, had seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block.
Wisconsin took advantage of 11 OSU first half turnovers and would lead 43-27 at the break. The Buckeyes started to chip away at the lead but Wisconsin held strong led by 15 points with just over seven minutes to play. The Buckeyes then went on a 13-0 run and held Wisconsin for nearly seven minutes. But Chucky Hepburn made three free throws in the final 24 seconds to seal the win for the Badgers.
The Buckeyes head out on the road this weekend as they will take on Michigan Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor. Tip is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be televised on CBS.