Box Score: (2) Duke 73, (4) Ohio State 68

Cameron Indoor has claimed another victim. Ohio State had a 10-point lead late in the first half, but Rasheed Sulaimon had 17 second-half points and the Buckeyes offense couldn’t find the bucket as the Dukies claimed their third banner victory of the season with a 73-68 win. Mason Plumlee led the charge with 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Ryan Kelly added 15 points. For the Buckeyes, they were led by Deshaun Thomas with 16 points on just 6-of-16 shooting as he had to sit for nearly ten minutes due to foul trouble in the first half. Aaron Craft hit just 3-of-15 for 11 points, and the Buckeyes only shot 31% as a team. They created their lead by dominating the offensive boards in the first half and holding the Blue Devil backcourt to 1-of-9 shooting. The Blue Devils won their 97th straight at home against an out of conference visitor, a stretch reaching back to 2000. Ohio State (4-1) welcomes Northern Kentucky to The Schott on Saturday afternoon.

 

 Ohio St.

Name

FG

3Pt

FT

Off

Reb

Ast

PF

Pts

Aaron Craft 3-15 1-3 4-6 3 4 1 4 11
Andrew Goldstein 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Evan Ravenel 4-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 3 8
LaQuinton Ross 3-8 1-2 2-2 2 2 0 1 9
Shannon Scott 1-8 0-2 3-4 1 1 3 5 5
Lenzelle Smith, Jr. 4-14 1-7 2-5 2 4 3 3 11
Deshaun Thomas 6-16 3-5 1-1 0 0 0 2 16
Sam Thompson 2-7 0-1 0-0 1 5 0 3 4
Amir Williams 0-2 0-0 4-6 6 9 0 1 4
Totals 23-74 6-20 16-24 15 27 7 22 68
Percentages .311 .300 .667

 Duke

Name

FG

3Pt

FT

Off

Reb

Ast

PF

Pts

Quinn Cook 3-12 0-3 6-8 0 2 7 3 12
Seth Curry 1-6 0-2 2-3 0 1 0 0 4
Josh Hairston 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0 4
Ryan Kelly 5-13 3-5 2-2 0 2 1 5 15
Mason Plumlee 6-13 0-0 9-12 3 13 2 3 21
Rasheed Sulaimon 7-13 2-5 1-2 0 3 0 2 17
Tyler Thornton 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 1 2 0
Totals 24-61 5-15 20-28 4 24 11 17 73
Percentages .393 .333 .714

Game Info

Technical Fouls:

None

Arena:

Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC

 

  • Dee P

    A loss is a loss, but I saw enough last night to make me feel very good and optimistic for this season. Most analysts claimed that the Buckeyes only hope at success was if Thomas and Craft play well. Last night, the Buckeyes nearly defeated Duke on the road while Craft played his worst game in his college career. Only two things he did well – taking a charge and hitting a corner three – both happened early in the first half. Second half was especially terrible for him as he not only missed a ton of shots, but made bad decisions to shoot them in the first place. He left some freebies at the line late in a close game, and his defense down the stretch which is normally game changing wasn’t there except for one possession late in the game when the refs missed a 5-second call on Cook.

    I love Craft – and the fact that Ohio State could have/should have won this game in spite of his terrible game is great news because it means plenty of other players “stepped up”. Craft will never play this bad again, and this team will be fine – in fact more than fine.

  • REEPJP

    I actually watched this game from start to finish, something I typically don’t do for a college bball game until football season is well over.

    This being said, I had to keep reminding myself that in the end this game means absolutely nothing. It was a good test for the Buckeyes to see where they stand at this junction in the season. Anyone that says it means anything else is kidding themselves.

    One thing it did show is that some of our young guys that haven’t played much in seasons past need a little more experience before they’re ready to be relied upon (L. Ross, A. Williams, S. Scott). Hopefully Matta keeps his rotation deep to get everyone the experience they need to be a real force come tournament time.

  • Natedawg86

    I thought they missed a few 3 sec calls as well. That layup that craft missed when he tried to float it and there was no one really there probably sealed the game for duke. Had he hit those free throws it would have been real close. Plus Kelly had fouled out. Would have been interesting in OT.

  • Natedawg86

    I was thinking that OSU and Duke would meet again in tourney, with the them splitting games. Lets hope I am right.

  • Dee P

    Yeah, I agree 100%. Plus Thomas sitting out the rest of the first half hurt. We were on a roll there, and had he been in the game the lead could have been 12-15 points. Could have made a difference in the 2nd half having a larger lead.

  • Natedawg86

    Gotta make FTs. It seemed like they threw up sa lot of junk shots too (even though some of them were going in).

  • Trolllll In The Dungeon

    well, seasons over, we suck. I’m honestly surprised we beat UMKC with the way we’ve played