Ohio State outlasts Wisconsin

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoCOLUMBUS, OHIO — The Wisconsin men’s basketball team was shorthanded going into Columbus, and it caught up with them in the end.No.13 Wisconsin dropped its first Big Ten game of the season Wednesday night to No. 19-ranked Ohio State, 77-67, at the Value City Arena.Ohio State (13-2, 3-2 Big Ten) destroyed UW (14-3, 4-1) from the field, shooting 53.8 percent from the field against Wisconsin’s 37 percent. “That’s tough to beat right there, with them shooting 60 percent,” junior guard Kammron Taylor said, “but we still had a chance down the stretch.”The Badgers were without two key players in the game. Greg Stiemsma took a medical leave from the team, and Marcus Landry was declared ineligible for the game. Neither player made the trip to Columbus.”We just have to fight through that,” Taylor said. “We can’t worry about how many guys we have, we can only worry about the guys we have here, and just continue to play.”Taylor and junior forward Alando Tucker held up the Badger offense, each putting in 21 points for the game. Sophomore forward Brian Butch, who missed some time in the first half with an ankle injury, added 11 more points for the road team.The Ohio State offense showed a bit more balance, producing four Buckeyes in double-digit scoring. Terence Dials led the charge with 15 points, with major help from Matt Sylvester, Jamar Butler, and Ron Lewis, all with 14-point efforts.”Every win is important, especially on your home court,” Dials said. “I’m just glad our team came out and played hard and got a win. [Wisconsin] is a great team. Our guys came ready to play and got something done today.”The Buckeyes came out firing, opening the game with a 13-5 run in the first four minutes. Ohio State outdid a couple of early baskets from Kammron Taylor with seven points from Dials and six more on three consecutive Sylvester buckets.The Badgers then came storming out of out of a media timeout, pulling off a 13-2 response, including 11 straight points, to give the Badgers an 18-15 advantage.After that, however, it was all OSU. The Buckeyes ran away from a knotted 31-31 halftime, hitting three-pointer after three-pointer, making five of six treys in the half.The Badgers did little to help themselves, going 1-for-11 from three-point range. Taylor went the coldest, shooting 2-8 overall and going one-of-five from beyond the arc.”The biggest issue at halftime was to get a little tougher,” Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said. “They made the threes, and we had a few turnovers [in the first half.] We lost it a little bit and had to come back refocused.”Tucker called Ohio State a “streaky” team, which was bad news for the Badgers in the second half, as UW got outscored 46-36 in the later frame.”Once they start making shots, it seems like they don’t miss,” he said. “In the short run, they start hitting threes, hitting shots from the low post, we’re trying to fight back, but they’re hitting the big threes, and we weren’t coming back with anything.”The Badgers, if anything, received convincing contributions from some role players in light of Stiemsma’s and Landry’s absence. Both junior Jason Chappell and true freshman Joe Krabbenhoft set career-highs in minutes played against the Buckeyes, with Krabbenhoft also pulling down a career-best, as well as a game-high, 13 boards against a solid OSU rebounding team.”Krabbenhoft came in and played the game of his career so far, grabbing 13 rebounds,” Taylor said. “For him to come in and do that, that’s the bright side to the game, seeing a freshman coming in and working as hard as he does, that can be a confidence booster for him later down the road.”With fewer available reserves, Krabbenhoft also scored the only five bench points for Wisconsin. “He’s doing exactly what we want him to do,” said Tucker. “He still has some things to work on with staying poised and staying in control, but he’s a workaholic. He gets in there and does all the little things, and that’s all you can ask with a guy like that, especially this early. “This is the first time he’s been seeing things like this, and it’s a major learning experience for him.”Matta said some timely shots late in the game were key in ensuring the victory over the first-place Badgers.”Je’Kel [Foster’s] shot was big, Lewis’ drive was a big play there in the second half. Sylvester’s turnaround jumper was big and Dials hit a big baseline shot,” he said. “We hit a lot of big shots there in the second half when we needed them.”Taylor said the team will be able to bounce back from their first conference loss in preparation for the remainder of their Big Ten schedule.”Every loss is a missed opportunity, so we’re not going to get down on ourselves. This is a game that we can break down and learn from.”last_img

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