Monday, December 15, 2014

Morehead State Suffers Fourth Straight Loss at Ohio State

Ohio State 87
Morehead State 71

Final from Columbus, Ohio

Game recap by MSU:

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 12/12 Ohio State men's basketball team shot 57 percent from the floor and tallied a 21-3 advantage in second-chance points on its way to an 87-71 victory over Morehead State before a crowd of 14,578 on Saturday afternoon at Value City Arena.

The Buckeyes, who compete in the Big Ten Conference, improve to 8-1 overall and 8-0 at home. The Eagles, who play in the Ohio Valley Conference, slip to 4-8 overall and 1-5 on the road. OSU has now won 11 straight at home, while MSU has dropped four in a row overall.

"Give Ohio State credit," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "They are a quality team in a very good conference. They are long, athletic and cause problems on both ends of the floor. We normally rebound the basketball very well, but Ohio State had 30 today and held us to 19."

Ohio State led from start to finish. The Buckeyes posted an early 8-0 run and held a 47-28 halftime advantage. OSU's biggest lead of 20 points came with 14:31 to play. Morehead State cut the deficit to 14 points with 12:00 remaining, but Ohio State answered with an 8-2 surge.

Ohio State registered a 30-19 upper hand in rebounding, including 13-6 on the offensive end. The Buckeyes knocked down 30-of-53 from the field, including 6-of-14 (43 percent) from beyond the arc. OSU made 11 more free throws and had 15 more charity tosses than MSU.

"Our guys really battled today," Woods said. "It's hard to come into a hostile environment and defeat the No. 12 team in the nation. Ohio State had 15 more free-throw attempts in this game, and that was one of the differences. They were aggressive and we fouled too much."

Senior Sam Thompson and freshman D'Angelo Russell paced four Buckeyes in double figures with 15 points apiece, while senior Amir Williams and freshman Jae'Sean Tate contributed 12 each. Thompson and Williams both made 5-of-6 from the field, while Tate hit 6-of-10.

Ohio State tallied advantages of 8-1 in blocked shots, 38-26 in paint points and 14-6 in fast-break points.

Morehead State drilled 55 percent (26-of-47) from the floor, which was its best effort against a Division I opponent in 2014-15. The Eagles connected on 44 percent (7-of-16) from long distance. Sophomore Corban Collins led MSU with 22 points on 8-of-11 overall and 6-of-7 from three-point range.

"Corban got in a rhythm early, and we continued to feed him the ball," Woods said. "Our outside shooting was good against Ohio State's zone. Corban has battled through a few injuries this year, but he's capable of helping us moving forward. This is the type of performance we need from him."

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

MSU has really been disappointing this year. Yes, they've played a tough non-con road schedule, but the only game they've shown any real potential was the Marshall game, which they won in Huntington.
The game last night at UW-GB was embarrassing. 12-21 from the line, 16 turnovers,our leading scorer gets 2 points, and our 6'10" center only plays 11 minutes and gets 4 rebounds.
Collins seems interested in only his own stats instead of the team. We've been much worse since he entered starting lineup.
We can't play defense without committing fouls, and our offense consists of run&gun, beat the other team down the floor floor for layups. That works against less-athletic teams, but when we play good teams and are forced into half-court game, we act like we have no idea what we're doing, and I'm including our coaching staff in this complaint. In short, we are under-achieving at a level I didn't think possible. This was supposed to be our good year.
Maybe things will turn around when we begin OVC play, but I'm not optimistic.
Good luck Eagles. I have a feeling we're going to need it.

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