Greetings Hoops Fans, this is Dave Horning for Hoops on Lane Fan Podcast with a recap of tonight’s win over Texas Southern.  Final Score: Ohio State 82 Texas Southern 64 – an 18 point win … an easy win for the Buckeyes, right?

Not so fast there, partner.

With 6 minutes left in the game, and Ohio State holding a 59-57 lead, Texas Southern’ s Number 33, Robert Lewis, launched a 3-point from the corner .. a shot that if good, would put Texas Southern in the lead.  You could hear the Ohio State fans inhale as a collective as the shot went up.  But the shot was long, and when Keita Bates Diop grabbed the rebound, it started an Ohio State fast break that resulted in Micah Potter making a nice transition 2 – giving Ohio State a 4 point lead 61-57.  Ohio State scored the next 11 points on 7 free throws by Micah Potter and finishing with a nice slam dunk by JaeSean Tate.  With 3:20 left, it was Ohio State 72 – Texas Southern 57.  During this stretch, the Buckeyes created nice opportunities on fast break, not allowing Texas Southern to deploy their 2-1-2 Zone Defense that had proven so effective earlier in the half.

Let’s go back to the start of the game.  Ohio State announced just before game time that backup Center, Kaleb Wesson, was serving a one-game suspension for violation of team rules.  The Starting Lineup for the Buckeyes was Center Micah Potter, Forward Keita Bates Diop and jaeSean tate, Point Guard CJ Jackson and Freshman Shooting Guard Mussa Jallow, getting his first start in place of Kam Williams.  Look for Jallow to start the next game also as he went 3 of 6 on 3 point shots and scored 13 points.  He also had 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals.

The Texas Southern Starting Lineup featured 7′ 2″ Junior Center Trayvon Reed – Number 5 – and the game started with him winning the Tipoff and receiving an alley oop pass for a dunk a few seconds later.  But Micah Potter’s play underneath got him into foul trouble early, and Number 5 had to sit with two fouls after just 2 minutes.  Keita Bates Diop hit a 3 point shot to give the Buckeyes a 7-5 lead, and moments later, Mussa Jallow hit a 3-point shot to give oHio state a 12-10 lead – The Buckeyes played small early – replacing Micah Potter with Forward Kyle Young which forced Keita Bates Diop to play center.  CJ Jackson made his only three point shot of the game with 7:50 to play in the first half, and it gave Ohio State a 24-15 lead, and forced TS coach Mike Davis (formerly of Indiana) to call a time out.

Ohio State built the lead to 38-21 on back-to-back baskets by Andrew Dakich – the first being a 3-pointer.

With just under 2 minutes left in the first half, Buckeye fans witnessed what could be the worst call by a ref this season.  Texas Southern Number 14 – Forward Lamont Walker – jumped over the standing JST and tumbled to the ground.  The ref only saw the TS player rolling on the ground and assumed that JST had undercut him.  Foul called on JST!  The crowd and especially coach Chris Holtmann went wild … how Coach Holtmann avoided a technical I do not know.  But it would have been a bad time to get a T – with TS taking free throws.  You do not want to give them an extra free throw and the ball back – a possible 5 or 6 point play.

At halftime, the score was Ohio State 42, TS 29 – a nice 13 point lead, and it seemed that OSU was cruising.

The second half started with Texas Southern again scoring on an Alley oop pass to their tall center, Trayvon Reed.  Keita Bates Diop made a nice 3 on a wide open shot as a result of a cross court pass, and it looked like Ohio State had figured out how to beat the TS zone defense.

With just under 15 minutes left, Andre Wesson made a nice offensive rebound, and Ohio State took a 54-37 lead.

However, TS installed a Zone Press and it started to work.  For the next 8 minutes, Ohio State could only manage two baskets, and TS made a run to close to within 2 points with 6 minutes left.  This is an area of concern – Ohio State will face a lot of Zone Defense if we can not make outside shots.  Coach Holtmann is allowing cross court passes to get wide open shots, and the Buckeyes need to start converting.  KBD was 3 of 6 and Mussa Jallow was 3 of 6 and Andrew Dakich was 1 for 1, but the rest of the team struggled – with Kam Williams going 1 for 4 and CJ Jackson going 1 for 9.

But the strong finish by Ohio State – over the last 6 minutes the Buckeyes outscored Texas Southern 23-7 – provided a lopsided score at the end – 82 to 64 – an eighteen point victory that masks the closeness of the game.

Coming up next, information about the post game activities at the Schott.

At the end of each game, Buckeyes Head Coach Chris Holtmann is asking his team to join in on the singing of Carmen Ohio – just as Urban Meyer has asked his football players to do.  It is nice to see the Ohio State Men’s Basketball team lock arms at midcourt with the cheerleaders, the Dance Team, the coaching staff and Brutus Buckeye to sing the Ohio State Alma Mater.  Here is what the ending sounded like:

This is Dave Horning for Hoops on Lane Fan Podcast.  Goodbye and Go Bucks!