GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Ohio State 71, Duke 66

(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

By JACOB BENGE
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Zed Key scored a career-high 20 points and Ohio State held top-ranked Duke scoreless for the final 4 1/2 minutes, completing a rally from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat the Blue Devils 71-66.

E.J. Liddell hit two free throws with 1:06 remaining to give the Buckeyes (5-2) their first lead since early in the first half, and his jumper made it 69-66 with 16 seconds left. Duke freshman star Paolo Banchero missed a tying 3-pointer, and Cedric Russell got the rebound and closed it out at the free-throw line. Ohio State fans stormed the court as time expired.

The Blue Devils (7-1) claimed the top spot in this week's AP Top 25 poll - a stay that could be brief - after beating then-No. 1 Gonzaga in Las Vegas. Ohio State improved to 2-1 against ranked foes this year with its fourth straight game decided in the final minutes.

Liddell finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Ohio State, which beat the No. 1 team in the country for the second straight time on its home court. The Buckeyes knocked off Michigan State 80-64 on Jan. 7, 2018.

Wendell Moore Jr. led the Blue Devils with 17 points and Banchero finished with 14.

Duke led by 13 points at halftime and extended that advantage to 49-34 early in the second half. Moore's layup with 5:19 remaining made it 65-57, and Trevor Keels made a free throw with 4:29 left.

The Blue Devils didn't score again, missing their last six shots as Ohio State closed the game with a 12-0 run. Duke endured a 1-for-14 stretch earlier in the half, allowing the Buckeyes to draw closer.

Ohio State took an early 13-7 lead but Duke responded with a 13-2 run. The Blue Devils shot 52.9% in the first half.


Duke
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
P. Banchero F 35 4-14 5-6 1-3 0-5 1 0 1 3 4 14
W. Moore Jr. F 34 7-15 3-5 0-2 2-8 5 0 2 1 4 17
M. Williams C 22 3-6 2-2 0-0 3-7 0 2 0 1 4 8
T. Keels G 37 3-12 2-3 1-4 1-3 3 0 2 2 2 9
J. Roach G 35 4-10 0-0 1-4 1-4 1 0 0 0 4 9
J. Baker   20 2-4 0-0 1-1 0-1 0 0 1 0 0 5
T. John   15 2-3 0-0 0-0 1-3 1 0 0 0 5 4
A. Griffin   2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Jones   0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 25-65
(.385)
12-16
(.750)
4-14
(.286)
9-36 11 2 6 7 23 66


Ohio State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Ahrens F 35 2-8 1-3 2-7 0-6 0 1 1 0 2 7
E. Liddell F 35 5-10 3-7 1-3 3-14 6 3 0 4 2 14
Z. Key F 27 8-15 4-6 0-0 1-3 1 0 0 0 2 20
J. Wheeler G 29 3-4 0-0 1-2 0-3 2 0 1 5 3 7
M. Branham G 19 4-6 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 2 3 8
K. Young   20 1-4 0-1 1-2 1-5 2 0 0 0 2 3
M. Johnson Jr.   16 0-3 0-1 0-3 0-2 1 0 0 1 0 0
C. Russell   16 3-4 3-4 3-3 0-3 0 0 0 0 0 12
J. Sotos   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Brunk   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 26-54
(.481)
11-22
(.500)
8-20
(.400)
7-40 13 4 2 12 14 71
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