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New York, New York – Playing in one of all basketball’s iconic venues, Ohio’s men’s basketball team (7-3) beat North Carolina (8-4) at Madison Square Garden Saturday, 89-84. Dropped an intense overtime game. Part of the CBS Sports Classics.
Freshmen Bryce Sensabo and Bruce Thornton both had season highs, leading the four-man Buckeyes by double digits. Sensabo scored his 22 points, Thornton scored his 17 and he had five assists. Justice Thing finished with his 16 points and Zedd his key from long range he was 2/3 and he scored 11 points.
how it happened
Ohio State trailed by 11 points (66-55) with just over seven minutes left in regulation. 1 point (71-70) with 3:58 remaining.
North Carolina took its first lead since early in the first half (75-74) on a three-point basket by RJ Davis with 1:29 playing in regulation.
The Buckeyes responded in less than a minute as Zed Key scored the second triple of the game with 31 seconds remaining to take the lead at 77-75.
The teams then traded two-point buckets in the final 30 seconds, with North Carolina getting a layup from top scorer Armando Bacotte before Buckeye freshman Bryce Senna Szabo hit a jumper in the paint with two seconds remaining. , giving Ohio State 79-77. lead.
Tar Heels sent the game into overtime at the buzzer. That’s because Pete Nance knocked down his jumper on a turnaround past some stout defense by Sensabow to send the game into overtime tied at 79-79.
Ohio State never took the lead in the overtime frame, winning 10–5 in overtime. A pair of free throws from Davis iced the game.
Bryce Sensabo – Ohio State’s first-year standout did well again with his second career 20-point game and career-high 22 points. Sensabo finished the game with his 9/17 from the field, eight rebounds and he added three assists.
Bruce Thornton – The freshman point guard added 5 assists and scored a career-high 17 points. He scored eight points in the first half and helped the Buckeyes gain a nine-point advantage at the break.
Suing, key, okpala — Judge Suing finished the contest with 16 points on 7 of 14 shots. He also added 9 boards. Zed Key recorded a double-double for a total of 11 points, while freshman Felix Okpala put up a solid defense, posting a team-best four steals and two blocked shots.
The Buckeyes will be home on Wednesday, December 21st to host Maine before taking a break for Christmas. The game is set for chips at 8:30pm BTN.