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Buckeyes Fall Just Short at Virginia
By John Porentas

There is no such thing as a moral victory, but OSU’s 63-61 loss to No. 6 Virginia came close.

The visiting Buckeyes outplayed No. 6 Virginia in the first half and held a surprising 12-point 36-24 lead at the intermission.  Not surprisingly, the Cavaliers made a run in the second half, and it was a ferocious one. 

Virginia scored the first 11 points of the second half to draw to within one at 36-35. A couple of free throws by Jae’Sean Tate stopped the run momentarily, but Virginia claimed the lead just a couple minutes later at 39-38.

It looked for the world like OSU would come unglued, but OSU withstood the run and rallied to reestablished an eight point lead at 50-42.

OSU stayed in the game on the strength of solid shooting, both from the field and free throw line, and strong defense that gave Virginia fits from start to finish. OSU shot 50 percent from the field and 84.6 percent from the free throw line while holding Virginia to just 37.5 percent from the field. 

OSU’s undoing was turnovers. The Buckeyes were guilty of 20 turnovers in the game, eight by point guard JaQuan Lyle.  Virginia had just 10 turnovers.

Despite the turnover issues OSU led at 57-55 with under three minutes to play, but their scoring dried up as a result of their turnovers and Virginia took a 63-59 lead with under a minute to go. 

OSU cut it to two on a pair of free throws by Lyle with 11 seconds to go.  Virginia’s Marial Shayock then missed a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining. Trailing by just two, the Buckeyes rebounded the basketball and advanced it past half court before calling time out with 3.5 seconds remaining. They managed to inbound the basketball, but Lyle missed a long three that would have won the game. Instead OSU suffered its first loss of the season to drop to 6-1 on the season. The win allowed Virginia to remain unbeaten at 7-0

Virginia guard London Perrantes led all scorers with 19 points. Fellow guard Devon Hill added 12.  Ohio State was led by Jae’Sean Tate with 14 points. Lyle added 12.

OSU forward Kaeta Bates-Diop did not play in the game as a result of an ankle sprain.

OSU’s next game will be Saturday against Fairleigh Dickinson at Value City Arena. That game is scheduled to tip off at 4:30.

Player profiles relevant to story:
1 - Tate, Jae'Sean | 13 - Lyle, JaQuan | 33 - Bates-Diop, Keita
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