Ohio State basketball was back in action last night for the first time in 22 days. The 13th ranked Buckeyes hosted the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Early in the contest, the Buckeyes dominated the boards, as they got fourteen rebounds and the Cornhuskers had five rebounds. Nebraska would go on a 10-0 run to take the lead, though Ohio State guard Malaki Branham gave his team a jolt of energy as he threw down a powerful dunk. The Buckeyes would lead 34-32 at the end of the half.
At the start of the second half, Nebraska was hanging around, keeping the game close. Ohio State would focus on getting the ball in the paint, which led to success. Nebraska created high percentage shots as they moved the ball quickly, creating space. Under six minutes in the game, Ohio State failed to box out Cornhusker forward Derrick Walker, who made a layup to give Nebraska a 63-62 lead. Nebraska was able to push the lead up to 72-67 with 37 seconds remaining in the contest. Buckeyes guard Jamari Wheeler knocked down a three-pointer to cut the lead to 72-70. Buckeyes star player E.J. Liddell would head to the charity stripe and drain two free throws, ultimately sending the game to overtime.
Ohio State would score first, as Jamari Wheeler hit a wide-open three-pointer to take a 75-72 lead. Malaki Branham would nail a jump shot to expand their lead to 83-77. On the other end of the court, E.J. Lidell squatted the ball out of the air to deny the Cornhuskers. Ohio State won by a final score of 87-79. Leading the way was guard Malaki Branham who collected 35 points, six rebounds, and dished out two assists. Ohio State improves to nine wins and two losses and a conference record of three wins and zero losses. Ohio State will take on Indiana this upcoming Thursday.