Buckeyes rout Gophers
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Greg Oden had 19 points and nine rebounds,
as the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes routed the Minnesota Golden Gophers
85-67 at Williams Arena.
Ron Lewis added 16 points while Othello Hunter netted 15 for the Buckeyes
(24-3, 12-1 Big Ten), who have won 11 straight games. Ivan Harris donated 14
in the win.
Ohio State looks to take over the No. 1 spot in the polls after Florida had
its 17-game winning streak come to an end at Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Lawrence McKenzie poured in 22 points and Lawrence Westbrook scored 11 for the
Golden Gophers (9-18, 3-10), who have lost five in a row.
A Westbrook free throw brought the Gophers within 26-24, but Ohio State netted
10 straight points on its way to a 15-5 run to close the half with a 43-31
margin. Minnesota went more than three minutes without scoring as well as
turning the ball over five times to add fuel to the streak.
Mike Conley Jr. began the burst with a jumper before Jamar Butler’s shot
moments later pushed the lead to 10, 36-26.
The Gophers opened up the second half tallying nine of the first 13 points,
narrowing the gap to 47-40, however, the Buckeyes countered with an 18-1
surge, highlighted by Lewis’ offensive rebound and subsequent slam, extending
the advantage to 65-41.
A pair of Westbrook layups brought Minnesota as close as 67-51 with almost
eight minutes remaining but it never made a serious threat thereafter.
Dan Coleman’s jumper put the Golden Gophers ahead 7-6, but the Buckeyes scored
nine of the next 11 points, capped by Lewis’ trey for a 17-8 margin.
Trailing 22-14, McKenzie took over and scored six straight to cut the deficit
Oden began the game slowly missing his first four shots while turning the ball
over twice, but then went on to hit four of his next five shots from the floor
before picking up his second foul with nearly 7 1/2 minutes to play in the
Ohio State leads all-time series 73-46…McKenzie scored 16 of Minnesota’s 31
first-half points…The Buckeyes shot 49 percent from the field, including 7-
of-16 from long distance, while the Gophers connected on 46 percent of their
shots from the floor, including 11-of-22 from beyond the arc…Ohio State won
the battle of the boards, 40-30…The Buckeyes welcome Penn State while
Minnesota plays at Indiana on Wednesday.