Ohio State gets by Florida State in Tallahassee, 58-44

Written November 30th, 2010 by Jay

It was a tough night for William Buford

Ohio State visited the Florida State Seminoles on Tuesday night as part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge and came away with another good road win for the season.  It was a scrappy, defensive-oriented game against a tough Florida State opponent, but the Buckeyes prevailed in the end to move to 6-0 for the year.

William Buford got Ohio State started with a deep three to launch a 7-0 run for the Buckeyes to begin the game.  Two straight baskets from Florida State’s Derwin Kitchen brought the score to 7-4, but it became clear early that scoring was not the Seminoles’ strength.  The first half continued in a rather disjointed manner, with Florida State applying great pressure to the Buckeyes but failing to get any consistent offensive production.  Ohio State struggled with the defensive pressure, but was able to match Florida State’s intensity by getting to loose balls and coming down with rebounds.  Big put-back baskets from Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas allowed us to maintain the lead.

Florida State’s defensive pressure pushed to another level around the 10:00 mark of the first half, forcing additional turnovers.  Fortunately the Buckeyes were able to balance the scoring, getting another basket from Thomas and following it up with a Dallas Lauderdale lay-in and David Lighty runner.  Jon Diebler finally got in on the action with 3:00 left in the first, putting him at 1-6 on three’s for the game.

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