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Danes give Buckeyes best shot, fall short

Danes give Buckeyes best shot, fall short

At one point during his postgame remarks Sunday, University at Albany coach Will Brown said No. 4 Oh

At one point during his postgame remarks Sunday, University at Albany coach Will Brown said No. 4 Ohio State had just “worn down” his team.

Now, the Great Danes really have to avoid being run down.

After dropping an 82-60 decision to the fourth-ranked Buckeyes, they boarded a plane for Seattle and a game on Tuesday night against Washington.

This is a time for toughness for the Great Danes, on the court and off it.

Asked if his team gained something from playing one of the country’s top teams, Brown preferred to look at it as a test.

“If we had a week off, I’d say, ‘Yeah,’ but shows you how smart I am,” he said. “We’re playing Friday, Sunday, Tuesday and we’re going from Albany to Columbus to

Seattle. Then, we come back for a day and we practice, and then we go down to Connecticut to play the rest of this [Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off] tournament.”

“We’re all over the place early. I’m challenging my team early and often,” he said.

It was the Great Danes (1-1), who had opened their season on Friday night with a 69-66 home victory over Duquesne, who challenged the mighty Buckeyes through the first 15 minutes.

They led, 23-22, after Sam Rowley’s layup with 4:46 left in the half. But then Ohio State coach Thad Matta called a timeout and everything changed.

“I saw Thad jump off the bench, and it looked like he had a 40-inch vertical,” Brown said. “I saw how animated he was. That timeout, obviously, I think that lit a fire under them.”

Deshaun Thomas scored 13 of his 19 points in what turned out to be a 17-2 run to end of the half as the Buckeyes took command and didn’t look back.

Over the last 4:46 of the half during the Ohio State run, the Buckeyes hit six of eight shots from the field to Albany’s 0-for-4, didn’t have a turnover and outrebounded the Great Danes, 6-2.

Ohio State then opened the second half by scoring eight of the first 10 points to open up a 20-point lead. Albany never threatened the Buckeyes in the second half.

Mike Black scored 20 points and Jacob Iati added 13 for the Great Danes, who matched the Buckeyes on the boards, but couldn’t find an answer to their outside shooting. The Buckeyes hit 57 percent of their shots from the field, including 60 percent (12-for-20) on three-point shots.

Aaron Craft scored a career-high 20, Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 18 and LaQuinton Ross had 10 for Ohio State, which didn’t get to play its opener on Friday night aboard an aircraft carrier because of condensation on the floor.

Black hit on seven of 13 shots from the field, two of six behind the arc and was 4-for-6 at the line.

“Black’s a big-time guard,” Matta said.

UALBANY (60)

Metcalf 0-0 2-4 2, Puk 1-3 2-2 4, Iati 3-8 6-6 13, Black 7-13 4-6 20, Guerrier 1-6 2-2 5, Evans 0-2 2-2 2, Devlin 1-2 1-2 4, Hooley 1-5 0-0 3, Rowley 2-3 3-4 7, Johnson 0-2 0-2 0, Wiegmann 0-1 0-0 0, Page 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-45 22-30 60.

OHIO ST. (82)

Thomas 7-17 1-1 19, Thompson 2-4 0-0 4, Ravenel 0-1 0-0 0, Craft 6-9 3-4 20, Smith, Jr. 8-11 0-0 18, Scott 4-5 1-3 9, Ross 4-8 1-2 10, Williams 0-0 0-2 0, McDonald 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 32-56 6-13 82.

Halftime—Ohio St., 39-25. 3-Point Goals—UAlbany 6-22 (Black 2-6, Devlin 1-2, Hooley 1-3, Iati 1-5, Guerrier 1-5, Wiegmann 0-1), Ohio St. 12-20 (Craft 5-7, Thomas 4-9, Smith, Jr. 2-2, Ross 1-1, Thompson 0-1). Rebounds—UAlbany 32 (Puk 7), Ohio St. 32 (Ross, Smith, Jr., Thompson 5). Assists—UAlbany 6 (Iati 3), Ohio St. 18 (Craft 7).

Total Fouls—UAlbany 18, Ohio St. 20. Technical—Smith, Jr. A—13,497.

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