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TULSA, Okla. – The No. 11 seed Ohio State men’s basketball team fell to No. 3 seed Houston, 74-59, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday night at BOK Center in Tulsa. With the loss, the Buckeyes close the season with a 20-15 record and their second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars, now 33-3 on the year, move on to take on No. 2 seed Kentucky Friday in Kansas City, Mo.
C.J. Jackson led the way for Ohio State with 18 points while Kaleb Wesson went for 15 points and six boards and Keyshawn Woods scored 10. Corey Davis, Jr. led four Cougars in double figures with a game-high 21 points while Galen Robinson, Jr. went for 13 points.
Houston scored the first four points of the game and held a 9-5 lead with 15:36 remaining but Kaleb Wesson answered with a pair of 3-pointers to take an 11-9 advantage with 14:47 left to play in the half. However, Davis, Jr. scored the next eight over the next 1:56 as the Cougars regained a 17-11 lead at the 12:51 mark but the Buckeyes went on a 10-2 spurt of their own to take a 21-19 advantage with 10:27 left on the clock.
The Buckeyes held a 24-21 lead after a Musa Jallow 3-pointer with 9:53 remaining but the Cougars used eight Ohio State first-half turnovers to outscore the Buckeyes 18-7 the remainder of the way to take a 39-31 lead into the break.
Jackson led Ohio State, which connected on eight first-half 3-pointers, with 11 points at the break while Davis, Jr. paced the Cougars with 11.
Ohio State trimmed the Houston lead to 44-39 on a Luther Muhammad 3-pointer with 13:40 left to play but the Cougars answered right back with the next five to push the advantage back to 10 at 49-39 a minute later. Jackson then scored the next five to again cut the deficit to 49-44 with 11:44 remaining and the Cougar lead remained at five at 52-47 with 9:25 remaining but Houston responded with an 8-2 spurt over the next 2:00 to extend the lead to 60-49 with 7:25 left. The Buckeyes could get no closer than nine the remainder of the way as the Cougars advanced to the “Sweet 16.”
For the game, Ohio State hit 10 3-pointers but the Cougars held a 34-12 advantage in points in the paint and forced 14 Buckeye turnovers while committing six.