Ohio State Takes Fight Out Of Irish, 64-61

Written December 21st, 2013 by Ken

Ohio State (11-0) and Notre Dame (8-3) squared off this evening in the Gotham Classic played in, well, NYC. The preview to the game is here; the recap is below.

Ohio State overcame a cold 2nd half of shooting (10 – 29 ) 34% to pull out a last second thriller against the Irish of Notre Dame

After a slow start of bad shots and trading turnovers, Ohio State took a 5-4 lead to 11-4 powered by two Shannon Scott 3-pointers at the 13:49 mark. However, ND’s Garrick Sherman hit two Ft’s and a FG to pull ND within 1, 13-12 at the 11 minute mark. A Crafty reverse layup at 8:26 moved OSU ahead 17-12. It was a really nice move, actually; Aaron beat his man baseline on the right side, then went under and up for the basket.  An errant Marc Loving outlet pass was intercepted and converted to a ND basket at just under 7:30 in the half.

So far, this was a game of one-and-dones as neither team looked particularly interested in offensive rebounding (ND – 4, OSU – 1).  But then you actually have to have someone in rebounding position in the paint, which the Buckeyes had no interest in at the time. Regardless, at the under-8 timeout, OSU was up 17-14. At the 6:31 mark, a nice spin move by LQR gave OSU two more, but it was quickly answered by a basket by Jerian Grant. Ohio State seemed determined to work Amir Williams on the inside. On several occasions, Ohio State penetration into the paint would result in the ball handler (Smith, LQR, Scott)  dishing off to Amir for an easy basket. This aggressiveness to work the interior and provide Amir with easy scoring opportunities is a welcome sight.

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