Huskers drop sixth straight at Ohio State

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Columbus – Freshman Tarin Smith had a career-high 13 points, but a hot-shooting Buckeye squad was too much, as Nebraska fell 81-57 Thursday evening.

Smith hit 5-of-6 shots from the field, including a trio of 3-pointers, to pace a trio of Huskers in double figures. David Rivers had his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Terran Petteway had 12 points for Nebraska (13-15, 5-11 Big Ten).

Ohio State (20-8, 9-6 Big Ten) shot 53 percent from the field, including 11-of-19 from 3-point range. Jae’Sean Tate led all players with 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds to pace four Buckeyes in double figures. Sam Thompson added 15 points, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, while Shannon Scott and D’Angelo Russell chipped in 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Ohio State, which has lost just once at home this season, used a blistering shooting performance in the first half to take a 42-24 lead at the break. OSU shot 59 percent from the field, including 7-of-12 from 3-point range, in the opening first half. Tate led OSU with 14, hitting all six shots from the field, while Thompson added 10 points as he hit all four shots from the field.

Ohio State used a 12-0 run to take momentum, as the Buckeyes hit seven of their first 10 shots from the field and turned three Husker turnovers into six points, taking a 15-4 lead after 3-pointers from Scott and Russell.

Nebraska trailed 19-6 after a Tate dunk, but went on a 6-0 run to pull within 19-12 on Nick Fuller’s basket with 12:05 left in the half. OSU quickly responded, extended the lead with 3-pointers from Thompson and Marc Loving to push it back to 13, as the Buckeyes hit nine straight shots at one point in the first half.

Ohio State extended the lead to 20 before Nebraska scored nine of the next 13 points to pull within 37-21 after 3-pointers from Smith and Petteway, but Kam Williams 3-pointer with 55 seconds left in the half pushed the lead back to 18 at the break.

Nebraska got a second-half spark from Smith, as he hit consecutive 3-pointers and had eight points in a 10-4 run to cut the deficit to 46-34 after a Petteway driving basket with 16:23 left.  The Buckeyes came back with 6-2 run to push the lead back to 16 after a Thompson dunk.

Nebraska was within at 57-41 after a Moses Abraham putback, but the Buckeye used a 6-0 spurt to put the game away after 3-point play from Tate with 7:47 left.

The Huskers return to action on Wednesday, March 4, as the Huskers take on Illinois. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. (central) and the game will be televised on BTN.

*-Tarin Smith finished with a career-high 13 points, topping his previous season high of eight points. He had eight points on three previous occasions, most recently at Penn State on Feb. 7. Smith’s 3-pointers are also a season high.
*-David Rivers had his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, his highest total in a Big Ten game. Rivers also had his first 3-pointer of the season tonight. 
*-Ohio State became the first team to score more than 70 points against the Huskers this season and the first in a true road game since Feb. 5, 2013, a span of 16 road games.