Jan. 16, 2010
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With Wisconsin big man Jon Leuer out with a broken wrist and Ohio State's Evan Turner back in the Buckeyes' lineup, the tables were turned in Saturday's contest in Columbus.
Though No. 13 Wisconsin (14-4, 4-2) cruised to a comfortable win over the Buckeyes (13-5, 3-3) at the Kohl Center on New Year's Eve, Saturday's second meeting was much more of a challenge for Wisconsin, which fell, 60-51, at Value City Arena.
| Ohio State 60, No. 13 Wisconsin 51
| Wisconsin (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten)
| Ohio State (13-5, 3-3 Big Ten)
| Statistical Leaders
| Points: Trevon Hughes (UW) 18 | David Lighty (OSU) 18
| Rebounds: Jarmusz, Nankivil (UW) 6 | William Buford (OSU) 12
| Assists: Jordan Taylor (UW) 3 | William Buford (OSU) 3
Ohio State burst out to an early 6-0 lead, but UW quickly rebounded, with senior guard Trevon Hughes taking charge and scoring five points to keep OSU's leading margin manageable. Wisconsin gained its first lead 4:40 into the game.
Turner picked up two fouls within the first six minutes, but despite his loss, the Buckeyes came back to earn a nine-point lead by the 2:55 mark of the half. David Lighty expanded OSU's lead to 12 with less than a minute left,
The Badgers entered the second half with poise, opening the frame with an 8-0 run in just over three minutes to cut OSU's lead to four, at 34-30. Both Lighty and Turner picked up their third fouls less than four minutes into the second half, opening up the offense for Wisconsin.
By the 8:43 mark, however, Ohio State had increased its lead to a 15-point leading cushion.
Nankivil made a statement for Wisconsin with a put-back dunk with eight minutes left, followed by a deep trey by Hughes 30 seconds later, and the Buckeyes' lead was down to 10.
Hughes continued to whittle away the lead to single digits by the 4:29 mark, giving UW a chance to capture the lead before time ran out.
However, a pair of free throws by Dallas Lauderdale after Nankivil was called for an offensive foul on a fast-break attempt put the Buckeyes back up by 10 points with 1:28 remaining. The Badgers battled, but 3-point misses on three straight possessions proved to be the downfall for Wisconsin.
Both teams relied heavily on a pair of players, with Wisconsin's Hughes (18 points) and Jason Bohannon (10) shouldering the load for the Badgers in 40 minutes of action each. Lighty had 18 and Turner added 15 points for Ohio State.
Though the teams broke even in rebounding at 27, the difference came in shooting, with Wisconsin only making 40.4 percent of their field goals to OSU's 52.5 percent. The Buckeyes also shot 50 percent from 3-point range.
The Badgers now return to the Kohl Center for a pair of Big Ten matchups, beginning with a game against Michigan on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m., with the game carried live on Big Ten Network.