November 29, 2017

Ohio State Drops 79-65 Decision to Clemson in Big Ten/ACC Challenge


Nov. 29, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State fell to Clemson, 79-65, in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup Wednesday night at Value City Arena. 

Marcquise Reed led the Tigers with 22 points to go along with seven rebounds while Shelton Mitchell added 19 points and six assists. Keita Bates-Diop paced the Buckeyes with 21 points and seven rebounds and Kaleb Wesson tacked on 15 points and five boards.

Bates-Diop scored 13 points and Ohio State connected on eight 3-pointers to take a 37-30 lead into the half. The Buckeyes then pushed the lead to 11 at the 17:40 mark of the second half after back-to-back layups by C.J. Jackson.

However, after a Musa Jallow layup countered a 17-8 Tiger run to give Ohio State a 53-49 lead with 12:06 remaining, Clemson answered with a 16-3 spurt over the next 4:04 to take the lead for good at 64-56. The Buckeyes were able to trim the deficit to 64-61 on a Wesson bucket with 6:34 left to play but the Tigers closed the game on a 15-4 run to come away with the win. 

Ohio State steps into Big Ten play with a 5 p.m. ET contest at Wisconsin Saturday while the Tigers host UNC Asheville at 3 p.m. Sunday.