OMAHA, Nebraska — Ohio State has perhaps shocked followers of their team here at the beginning of the season as the Buckeyes have jumped out to a 3-0 season start after a 69-60 road victory against Creighton on Thursday night.
What could have easily been a 1-2 start to the season with tough road games vs. Cincinnati and Creighton has instead been an undefeated start.
Ohio State found themselves trailing Creighton 10-2 in the opening minutes of the game, but the Buckeyes bounced back due to some made baskets by senior grad transfer Keyshawn Woods and freshman Duane Washington Jr. to take a 16-14 lead midway through the first half.
After trading points for the next few minutes, the Buckeyes pulled away with a 14-4 run in the final 4:05 of the first half to take a commanding 37-25 lead into the break.
Creighton came out strong in the second half with five quick points to cut into Ohio State’s lead, but the Buckeyes were able to weather the storm as they found themselves leading 46-34 with 14:16 remaining in the game.
Creighton would come storming back, however, as the Bluejays managed to tie the game at 53 with 6:52 left and found themselves leading 60-56 with under three minutes remaining.
However, Creighton would not score a single point in the final 2:57 of the game as Ohio State came roaring back to end the game on a 13-0 run to capture a very nice 69-60 road victory.
It was graduate transfer Keyshawn Woods who led the way in the Buckeye victory as Woods scored 19 points on 7-13 shooting, including 3-5 shooting from three-point range as well as grabbing three rebounds and dishing four assists. It was by far the best performance we’ve seen Woods put on in his very short career as a Buckeye so far.
Freshman guard Duane Washington Jr. was also stellar in the victory as he posted 12 points on 4-6 shooting with 3-4 shooting from three-point range.
After scoring a career-high 25 points in the previous game against Purdue Fort Wayne, C.J. Jackson couldn’t get anything going offensively for most of the night but managed to make a pair of key shots including a free throw to help solidify the victory down the stretch.
Ohio State will now head back to Columbus for a very manageable three-game stretch, starting this Sunday, November 18th vs. South Carolina State before taking on a Top-25 Syracuse team at home near the end of the month.
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