GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Xavier 71, Ohio State 65

By JACOB BENGE
Associated Press

CINCINNATI - Jack Nunge had 14 points and 14 rebounds, Paul Scruggs also scored 14 points and Xavier led wire to wire in knocking off No. 19 Ohio State 71-65.

Jamari Wheeler hit a 3-pointer to get Ohio State within two points with 17 seconds left, the closest the Buckeyes had been all evening.

A pair of free throws by Scruggs pushed the Xavier lead back to four. Scruggs then stole Ohio State's inbounds pass and sank two more free throws to ice the game for the Musketeers (3-0).

Nate Johnson had 12 points and Adam Kunkel added 10 for Xavier.

E.J. Liddell had a season-low 17 points for the Buckeyes (3-1), who had dropped two spots in the AP Top 25 after two closer-than-expected games to start the season. Meechie Johnson Jr. had 14 points and Kyle Young scored 12.

Neither team shot particularly well. Ohio State began the game shooting 1-for-10. Xavier made 40% of its shots for the game, and the Buckeyes shot 37.7%.

The Musketeers led by nine at the half. They were up by as much as 11 points in the second half, but the Buckeyes began chipping away in the final five minutes and looked as if they might pull it out when Wheeler hit the big 3.


Ohio State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
E. Liddell F 32 7-14 2-3 1-3 3-7 1 8 0 2 3 17
Z. Key F 17 3-7 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 0 3 6
J. Ahrens F 16 0-2 3-3 0-2 0-0 1 0 0 1 2 3
J. Wheeler G 36 2-5 0-0 2-3 1-5 6 0 2 2 3 6
M. Branham G 28 3-11 0-0 1-2 1-4 1 0 0 2 2 7
K. Young   31 3-6 5-5 1-3 0-6 1 1 0 2 1 12
M. Johnson Jr.   24 5-12 1-1 3-6 0-1 3 0 0 3 3 14
E. Brown III   11 0-4 0-0 0-2 4-8 1 0 1 1 0 0
J. Brunk   5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   200 23-61
(.377)
11-13
(.846)
8-21
(.381)
11-35 15 9 3 13 18 65


Xavier
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Hunter F 21 1-6 2-2 0-3 1-5 0 0 0 2 0 4
D. Miles F 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 4 2
C. Jones G 36 2-7 2-2 1-2 6-12 3 2 2 3 0 7
P. Scruggs G 34 5-13 4-5 0-2 1-6 4 0 1 3 3 14
N. Johnson G 27 5-9 0-0 2-5 0-3 2 0 1 1 2 12
J. Nunge   31 5-12 4-5 0-4 6-14 0 2 3 0 1 14
A. Kunkel   23 3-11 2-3 2-8 0-1 4 0 1 0 4 10
D. Odom   18 4-6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 1 3 8
Totals   199 26-65
(.400)
14-17
(.824)
5-24
(.208)
16-43 14 5 10 11 17 71
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