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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Ohio State men’s basketball team topped Nebraska, 70-60, Saturday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 13-6, 3-5 in the Big Ten, while the Huskers fall to 13-7, 3-6 in conference play.
Luther Muhammad led all scorers with a career-best 24 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals while Andre Wesson and C.J. Jackson each added 10. James Palmer Jr. poured in 19 while Glynn Watson Jr. scored 18 for the Huskers.
Nebraska used a pair of early Ohio State turnovers to open up an 8-2 lead after a Watson Jr. layup at the 18:04 mark but the Buckeyes scored the next seven to take a 9-8 advantage with 16:07 to play in the opening half. The Huskers then went on an 11-3 spurt over the next 6:17 to regain the lead at 19-12 with 9:50 remaining but Ohio State outscored Nebraska 17-5 the rest of the way to take a 29-24 edge heading into the half.
The Buckeyes dominated the boards over the first 20 minutes, holding a 25-12 rebounding edge, while limiting the Huskers to 34.5 percent (10-for-29) from the field. Keyshawn Woods and Wesson led Ohio State with seven points apiece at the half while Palmer Jr. paced Nebraska with eight.
The Huskers scored the first five points of the second half to knot the score at 29-29 and the teams continued to go back and forth until a pair of Palmer Jr. free throws gave Nebraska a 38-36 lead with 15:35 remaining. However, the Buckeyes used four 3-pointers and limited the Huskers to one field goal over the next 7:39 to go on a 20-5 run and take a 56-43 lead. Nebraska scored the next six on the shoulders of Watson Jr. but a huge 3-pointer from Muhammad at the end of the shot clock pushed the lead back up to 10 at 59-49 with 4:44 left to play. A 3-pointer by Thomas Allen trimmed the Ohio State lead to 62-56 with 1:02 remaining but Muhammad connected on all six of his attempts from the line down the stretch to ice it.
For the game, the Buckeyes held a 45-31 advantage on the boards, including 14-7 on the offensive end, and a 14-2 lead in second-chance points.
Ohio State travels to Michigan for a matchup with the Wolverines Tuesday night. Tip is set for 9 p.m.