BUCK Bucknell Bison 71
Bucknell Bison Bucknell Overall (4-4)
ATS (0-0)
O/U (0-0)
December 15 2018
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OSU Ohio State Buckeyes 73
Ohio State Buckeyes Ohio State Overall (9-1)
ATS (6-2)
O/U (4-4)
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
12
Bucknell Bison OFF OFF OFF
4031
Ohio State Buckeyes OFF OFF OFF
3934
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
BUCK OFF OFF OFF
OSU OFF OFF OFF
Recap

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Bucknell saw its chance but couldn't quite get there.

Trailing No. 15 Ohio State by two points, the Bison had the ball after a Buckeyes turnover with 14 seconds left. But a 3-point shot by Bruce Moore bounced off the front of the rim. Ohio State rebounded and held on for a 73-71 victory Saturday.

"Our guys were aware of taking away the 3 in that situation," Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. "I totally get why they went for 3 on the road. If I'm him, I'm probably doing the same thing, but a two is a good option, too."

Ohio State went on an 11-2 run to lead by 11 with under 10 minutes remaining. Bucknell stormed back to within two with a 10-2 run and late 3-pointer by Avi Toomer.

Kaleb Wesson had a career-high 22 points and added 10 rebounds for Ohio State (9-1, 2-0 Big Ten). Keyshawn Woods had 13 points on 5-for-9 3-point shooting.

Bucknell (4-4) carried its first-half momentum into the second with a 9-2 run to lead 49-41. During that stretch, Ohio State's Andre Wesson — Kaleb's older brother — chipped three teeth in a collision and was taken to the locker room. He later returned.

"I didn't know it was three (teeth)," Holtmann said. "I thought it was one because I grabbed one of them on the floor when I was out there. I actually stepped on it, so I apologize."

The Buckeyes retook the lead at 53-52 with under 14 minutes left, making six straight baskets that included two 3-pointers by Woods.

Toomer and Kimbal McKenzie led Bucknell with 13 points each, and Jimmy Sotos added 12 and seven rebounds. Bucknell's leading scorer, Nate Sestina, fouled out with 7:17 left. He finished with 10 points.

BIG PICTURE

Bucknell: Size played a major factor, but Bucknell showed no quit in running with the Buckeyes until the final seconds. The Bison's two-game win streak ended.

Bucknell coach Nathan Davis said Ohio State's smothering defense limited McKenzie, the team's top guard.

"They're big and they're physical and it was clear there was a focus and intention on making him take some tough shots," Davis said. "I thought he did, I thought he missed some that he typically makes."

Ohio State: Nearly let one get away to a less-talented opponent.

"The most glaring thing to me was I did not think our attention to detail was what it needs to be for a good team, and that's the coaches' fault," Holtmann said.

CALMING WOODS

The only redshirt senior on Ohio State's roster, Woods has been cited by players and coaches as a veteran the players can lean on when the game seems to get out of hand.

"He definitely calms everybody down. Because he's played a lot of basketball, he's been there, he's been down," Kaleb Wesson said. "Just him being there and telling us what to do and helping us calm down, keep everybody tight in the circle, it helps a lot."

Woods has largely come off the bench since joining Ohio State this season as a graduate transfer.

UP NEXT

Bucknell: Visits Saint Mary's on Tuesday

Ohio State: Hosts Youngstown State on Tuesday

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Matchup
Bison Overall
W/L 4-4
ATS 0-0
Pts For 74.3
Pts Against 72.4
Total 0-0
Bison Away
W/L 3-1
ATS 0-0
Pts For 80.0
Pts Against 74.5
Total 0-0
Last 8 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-15
11:00 AM
at Ohio State L 73-71
12-4
6:00 PM
at La Salle W 92-79
12-1
1:00 PM
Monmouth W 65-43
11-28
6:00 PM
Northeastern L 96-78
11-25
1:00 PM
at Vermont W 69-61
11-13
6:00 PM
Canisius L 82-73
11-10
6:00 PM
Fairfield L 60-58
11-7
6:00 PM
at St. Bonaventure W 88-85
Avg. Points For 74.3
Avg. Points Against 72.4
ATS 0-0
Over/Under 0-0
Buckeyes Overall
W/L 9-1
ATS 6-2
Pts For 77.7
Pts Against 61.9
Total 4-4
Buckeyes Home
W/L 6-1
ATS 3-2
Pts For 81.0
Pts Against 62.3
Total 3-2
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-15
11:00 AM
Bucknell W 73-71
12-5
6:00 PM
at Illinois W 77-67 W (-5) O (143)
12-2
6:00 PM
Minnesota W 79-59 W (-8.5) O (137.5)
11-28
6:15 PM
Syracuse L 72-62 L (-4.5) U (138.5)
11-23
7:00 PM
Cleveland State W 89-62 W (-24.5) O (136)
11-20
6:00 PM
Samford W 68-50 L (-21.5) U (145.5)
11-18
1:00 PM
South Carolina State W 89-61
11-15
6:00 PM
at Creighton W 69-60 W (-2.5) U (146.5)
11-11
3:00 PM
Purdue Fort Wayne W 107-61 W (-18.5) O (149)
11-7
5:00 PM
at Cincinnati W 64-56 W (5) U (135.5)
Avg. Points For 77.7
Avg. Points Against 61.9
ATS 6-2
Over/Under 4-4
Scoring
Bucknell
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Kimbal Mackenzie (G) 33:004-11 36.4%3-8 37.5%2-2 100%2520013113
Avi Toomer (G) 32:005-10 50%3-6 50%0-0 0%1331003013
Jimmy Sotos (G) 35:005-12 41.7%1-3 33.3%1-2 50%1752012312
Nate Sestina (F-C) 14:003-7 42.9%2-4 50%2-2 100%1310025610
Bruce Moore (F) 25:001-3 33.3%1-3 33.3%4-6 66.7%030011477
John Meeks (F) 17:002-5 40%0-2 0%3-4 75%030101107
Andrew Funk (G) 6:002-3 66.7%2-3 66.7%0-0 0%0000000-66
Paul Newman (C) 23:001-3 33.3%0-0 0%1-2 50%0311022-163
Walter Ellis (F) 9:000-1 0%0-1 0%0-0 0%0101000-20
Ben Robertson (G) 4:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%001000000
Nate Jones (G) 2:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%0000000-30
Matt O'Reilly (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Jordan Sechan (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Kahliel Spear (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Ohio State
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Kaleb Wesson (F) 27:006-11 54.5%1-2 50%9-10 90%410411421022
Keyshawn Woods (G) 27:005-9 55.6%2-2 100%1-2 50%0220012913
C.J. Jackson (G) 34:003-5 60%1-1 100%3-6 50%0860121610
Luther Muhammad (G) 32:004-7 57.1%0-1 0%0-0 0%0211021-38
Kyle Young (F) 27:004-7 57.1%0-1 0%0-0 0%1600113-18
Duane Washington Jr. (G) 13:003-8 37.5%2-5 40%0-0 0%0200000-48
Andre Wesson (F) 29:002-8 25%0-3 0%0-0 0%4920034-64
Musa Jallow (G) 9:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%0000001-10
Jaedon LeDee (F) 2:000-1 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Justin Ahrens (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Danny Hummer (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Joey Lane (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Micah Potter (C) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
CJ Walker (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000