COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21 Ohio State men’s basketball team picked up an 80-68 victory over Nebraska Tuesday night at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 12-5 on the year, 2-4 in the Big Ten, while the Cornhuskers drop to 7-10, also 2-4 in conference play.
The Buckeyes travel to Penn State at noon Saturday.
C.J. Walker led a season-high six Buckeyes in double figures with 18 points to go along with five boards and four assists while Kaleb Wesson posted his seventh double-double of the year with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. D.J. Carton went for 13 points and five assists while Andre Wesson scored 11 and Kyle Young and E.J. Liddell chipped in the 10 apiece. Thorir Thorbjarnarson led Nebraska with 15 points and six boards while Cam Mack, Yvan Ouedraogo and Jervay Green each scored 10.
After Nebraska scored the first four points of the game, Ohio State responded with a 9-0 run on three 3-pointers by Andre Wesson, to take a 9-4 advantage with 15:51 to play in the half. The Buckeyes held a 9-7 lead after Nebraska’s Mack made a layup at the 14:18 mark but Ohio State scored the next eight to push its advantage to 17-7 with 11:13 remaining. Ohio State extended its lead to 16 when a Justin Ahrens 3-pointer made it 36-20 with under two minutes left in the half before taking a 38-25 lead into the break.
Andre Wesson paced the Buckeyes with nine points while Young added six in the opening 20 minutes. Mack and Dachon Burke led Nebraska with six apiece.
Ohio State pushed the lead to 46-28 on a 3-pointer from Carton with 18:17 left to play but the Huskers were able to come back, trimming the Buckeye advantage to 56-43 on a Thorbjarnarson 3-pointer with 11:54 remaining. However, the Buckeyes connected on four of their next six shots from the field, including a pair of Walker 3-pointers, to use a 12-0 spurt take a commanding 68-43 lead to put the contest out of reach with 8:25 left to play.
For the game, Ohio State shot 54.3 percent (30-for-55) from the field and 45.5 percent (10-for-22) from long distance while limiting the Huskers to 42.4 (28-for-66) shooting.