COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State men’s basketball team dropped a 61-57 decision to Wisconsin Friday night at Value City Arena. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 11-3 on the year, 1-2 in the Big Ten, while the Badgers improve to 9-5, 2-1 in conference play.
The Buckeyes travel to No. 15 Maryland at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Kaleb Wesson notched his fifth double-double of the season with 22 points and 13 boards while Duane Washington Jr. added 18. Nate Reuvers led Wisconsin with 17 points and nine rebounds while Kobe King poured in 13.
Ohio State raced out to an early 7-0 lead on a Kaleb Wesson layup with 16:33 remaining but the Buckeyes missed six of their next seven shots as Wisconsin trimmed the deficit to 9-8 on a King jumper with 11:22 remaining in the half. The Buckeyes held a 23-19 advantage after a pair of Andre Wesson free throws with 2:06 left to play but the Badgers went on a 10-2 run the rest of the way, capped by 3-pointers from Trevor Anderson and Aleem Ford, to take 29-25 lead into the break.
Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 10 points and nine boards in 14 minutes while battling foul trouble in the opening half while Reuvers paced the Badgers with 10.
Ohio State trailed 31-28 less than a minute into the second half before going on a 10-0 run over a 2:21 spurt to take a 38-31 lead with 16:58 left to play. The Buckeye lead remained at six at 45-39 with 9:19 left to play but the Badgers pulled back even with an 8-2 run over 2:28 to knot the score at 47-all with 6:51 remaining.
The Buckeyes held a 51-49 advantage at the under-4 timeout with 3:47 to go but Wisconsin scored 12 of the next 15 points over the next 3:44 to gain a commanding 61-54 lead in the final seconds before a Washington Jr. 3-pointer made it a four-point game.
Neither team shot the ball well, with the Buckeyes connecting on 40.4 percent (19-for-47) of their shots while the Badgers finished at 37.5 percent (21-for-56), but Wisconsin held a 16-6 advantage in points off turnovers and a 20-2 lead in bench points.