Ohio State wraps up second half comeback to beat Notre Dame 90-85 On Road

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As he stepped back, EJ Liddell’s face said it all. He might just have won the game. His retreating midrange jumper with 50 seconds remaining gave Ohio State an 85-80 lead – the biggest in the second half – with Notre Dame suddenly scrambling.

Team

1

2

FINAL

# 22 STATE OF OHIO 34 56 90

OUR LADY

42

43

85

Junior goaltender Prentiss Hubb and a finish on Liddell with 22 seconds left to reduce him to a point of deficit put the Fighting Irish within one point of the tie. But free throws from Judge Sueing and CJ Walker helped close it off to give Ohio State a 90-85 victory.

The 22nd-ranked Buckeyes improved to 4-0 to remain undefeated. Notre Dame fell to 1-2 on the season.

OHIO STATE

STAT

OUR LADY

90

POINTS

85

29 to 62 (46.8%)

FGM-FGA (PCT.)

30 to 59 (50.8%)

11 to 23 (47.8%)

3 PM-3PA (PCT.)

11 to 24 years old (45.8%)

21 to 24 years old (87.5%)

FTM-FTA (PCT.)

14 to 18 years old (77.8%)

8

TURNED TOWARDS

13

32

TOTAL DISCOUNTS

35

14

OFFENSIVE DISCOUNTS

14

18

DEFENSIVE DISCOUNTS

21

23

BENCH POINTS

4

4

BLOCS

2

8

VOLS

6

12

ASSISTS

15

Liddell led his team with 19 points, making six of his last seven shots to help Ohio State wrap up the win. Judge Sueing (16 points), CJ Walker (16 points), Duane Washington Jr. (13 points) and Justin Ahrens (12 points) also finished in double digits.

For a few moments early in the second half, however, Ohio State looked in danger of letting it all slip away.

An 8-1 run with 2:38 to go triggered by a straight 3-point run gave Notre Dame a game-high 55-44 lead in Tuesday night’s Big Ten / ACC Challenge, putting the Buckeyes behind by two digits for the first. time this season. But the state of Ohio has started to crumble.

An EJ Liddell lay-up. A pair of free throws from Justice Sueing. A triple Jimmy Sotos. After a few minutes of back-and-forth, Ohio State finally secured their first second-half lead on a pair of CJ Walker free throws with 8:44 left.

Other than a 23-second period, once the Buckeyes take the lead they either have the lead or have been tied for the rest of the game.

Supported by unusually hot outside shots, Ohio State remained close at hand – and even led for 1:47 – throughout the first half. The Buckeyes made six triples in the first 14 minutes of the game. To put that in context, they had six 3s against Illinois State the entire game, four 3s in every 40 minutes against Morehead State, and it took 35 minutes to make six 3s against Morehead State. Justin Ahrens made his first three shots from behind the arc to help boost his team.

Still, as their 3-point shot dried up, with only their last five of the half going through the net, the Fighting Irish took a bigger lead. Notre Dame ended the half on an 8-0 run, which included a transition dunk and one that immediately followed a roll from Duane Washington Jr. when the junior guard unsuccessfully attempted to pass behind his back in between. players at the top of the arch.

Ohio State went scoreless in the final three minutes of the half and the deficit widened early in the second half before closing in the second half of the half.

Ensuite: Ohio State returns to the Schottenstein Center to face Cleveland State at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Other Notes

  • Seth Towns (knee) was the only Buckeye unavailable to play Tuesday night. Chris Holtmann says he’s evaluating when Towns will debut day by day and week by week.

  • He was Ohio State’s first major opponent of the season. It follows three wins against low-profile teams – Illinois State, UMass Lowell and Morehead State – and precedes the last game currently on the schedule against a low-profile opponent.

  • Ohio State entered the day with an all-time 8-5 record against Notre Dame, but it was the Buckeyes’ very first game at the Purcell Pavilion in 48 years.

  • The Buckeyes entered the day with a 7-11 record in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge, which they began competing in in 2002.

  • While the Buckeyes do not allow spectators in their arena, Notre Dame allows a limited number of families and friends to enter the building, so several relatives of the Ohio State players were in attendance. Holtmann’s wife and daughter were also shown on television in South Bend.

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