Ohio State battled the Minnesota Golden Gophers last night. Early on, Buckeyes’s guard Malaki Branham got in a groove as he quickly scored seven points. Both teams traded buckets as neither side had an advantage over the other. Both sides improved their defense which led to a few blocked shots. Buckeyes forward E.J. Liddell became a factor as he was, scoring from inside the paint. Liddell swatted a shot from a Minnesota player on the other side of the court. At halftime, Ohio State had a 32-30 lead over Minnesota.

Ohio State continued to attack the basket, which led to multiple rebounds, which allowed second-chance scoring opportunities. Ohio State pushed their lead to 11 points with a little under the 14-minute mark in the second half. Ohio State started to pull away late in the game, as guard Cedric Russell buried a three-pointer. However, Minnesota would stay in the game as they moved the ball effectively. It proved to be too little too late, as Ohio State would close the game out. The final score was Buckeyes 75 Minnesota 64. Ohio State completely dominated Minnesota in the rebounding department, as Ohio State had 43 rebounds compared to Minnesota’s 22. The scoring leader for Ohio State was forward E.J. Liddell, who had 15 rebounds, five assists, and 23 points.

Liddell and his coach Chris Holtmann made history, as Liddell scored 1,000 career points and coach Holtmann won his 100th game as the Buckeyes coach. The win gives Ohio State an overall record of 13 wins and four losses. Ohio State ranks fourth in the conference with six wins and two losses. The team will now look to put their recent struggles on the road in the rearview mirror. The 16th ranked Buckeyes will stay on the road to play the 6th ranked Purdue Boilermakers. It will be a tough task at hand.

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