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No. 21 Buckeyes beat Nebraska, snap 4-game losing streak

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann came into his post-game news conference ready to talk about some good stuff for a change.

''It's been awhile since I sat in front of you in a good mood,'' Holtmann told the assembled media after No. 21 Ohio State snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Nebraska on Tuesday night. ''It seems like forever.''

Actually, it was two weeks, since Dec. 21 when they Buckeyes beat Kentucky. They were 11-1 after that and rose to No. 2 in the AP Top 25 before the losing streak started after the Christmas break. That means 80-68 win over Nebraska was Ohio State's first win of 2020.

The Buckeyes seemed to find their way on the floor again, shooting 54.5% for the game after hitting a dismal 34% combined in the four losses.

The difference?

''Confidence,'' said guard C.J. Walker, who led Ohio State with 18 points. ''Once we saw the ball fall in the first half, it just went from there. That's kind of all we needed to see. We've been playing defense really well, we just haven't been making shots.''

Walker and freshman guard D.J. Carton both logged more than 37 minutes each because of the suspension of guards Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. Carton had 13 points to go along with five assists, and stalwart big man Kaleb Wesson added 13 points and 14 rebounds.

The Buckeyes (12-5, 2-4 Big Ten) took charge early and rolled over the Cornhuskers, whose transfer-heavy lineup is still learning to play together. Ohio State led by as 25 in the second half.

Thorir Thorbjarnarson paced Nebraska (7-10, 2-4) with 15 points and three players had 10. The Huskers shot 42.4% in losing their second in a row.

''They were a confident team tonight,'' first-year Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg said of Ohio State. ''You know, you go through stretches where you don't shoot the ball as well as you'd like. But when this team knocks down shots, they're going to be tough to beat.''

FINALLY SOME BASKETS

Ohio State had failed to score 60 points in the string of four losses. On Tuesday, it reached that number during a 12-0 run before the mid-way point of the second half.

TURNING POINT

Ohio State started the game 0 for 5. Then Andre Wesson hit three straight 3-pointers and the Buckeyes took off from there.

''It gave us a big jolt of confidence,'' Holtmann said.

BIG PICTURE

Nebraska: The Huskers hoped to come to Columbus and catch Ohio State at the bottom of a slump, but it wasn't going to happen. They shot better in the second half but couldn't keep up with the more polished Buckeyes.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes were reeling and needed a feel-good game like this, even if it was against an over-matched opponent. They seemed to get their shooting eye back after struggling mightily getting the ball in the basket in the past two weeks. Fun fact: Last January's five-game losing streak also ended with a loss to Nebraska.

''I just think there's so much basketball left, and it's not the end of the ups and downs,'' Holtmann said. ''We've had some better practices here as of late. I'm just anxious to see how that continues, and I'm anxious to see collectively what our approach and attitude is consistently. I think when we see that consistently and feel good about that, then I'll live with results.''

ABOUT THOSE SUSPENSIONS

Ohio State announced shortly before the game that Muhammad and Washington would be suspended. It's not clear what they did or if they will sit out for more games. Holtmann said it's ''day to day.''

UP NEXT

Nebraska: Hosts Indiana on Saturday.

Ohio State: At Penn State on Saturday.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Ohio State  
19:51   Traveling violation turnover on CJ Walker  
19:31   Yvan Ouedraogo missed layup  
19:29   Defensive rebound by Kyle Young  
19:09   Kyle Young missed layup  
19:09   Defensive rebound by Nebraska  
18:58 +2 Dachon Burke Jr. made driving layup, assist by Thorir Thorbjarnarson 2-0
18:50   CJ Walker missed floating jump shot  
18:48   Defensive rebound by Haanif Cheatham  
18:32   Cam Mack missed driving layup  
18:30   Defensive rebound by D.J. Carton  
18:18   D.J. Carton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:16   Defensive rebound by Yvan Ouedraogo  
18:15   Personal foul on Andre Wesson  
18:03   Haanif Cheatham missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:01   Defensive rebound by D.J. Carton  
17:39   CJ Walker missed jump shot  
17:37   Defensive rebound by Thorir Thorbjarnarson  
17:30 +2 Dachon Burke Jr. made reverse layup, assist by Thorir Thorbjarnarson 4-0
17:19   D.J. Carton missed running Jump Shot  
17:17   Defensive rebound by Dachon Burke Jr.  
17:00   Dachon Burke Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:58   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
16:45   Personal foul on Dachon Burke Jr.  
16:40 +3 Andre Wesson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D.J. Carton 4-3
16:28   Cam Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:26   Defensive rebound by CJ Walker  
16:11 +3 Andre Wesson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ Walker 4-6
15:58   Dachon Burke Jr. missed running Jump Shot  
15:56   Defensive rebound by Kyle Young  
15:50 +3 Andre Wesson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D.J. Carton 4-9
15:37   Haanif Cheatham missed driving layup, blocked by Kaleb Wesson  
15:35   Offensive rebound by Nebraska  
15:24   Yvan Ouedraogo missed layup  
15:22   Offensive rebound by Cam Mack  
15:19   Cam Mack missed dunk  
15:17   Offensive rebound by Yvan Ouedraogo  
15:19   Shooting foul on CJ Walker  
15:21   Yvan Ouedraogo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
15:21 +1 Yvan Ouedraogo made 2nd of 2 free throws 5-9
14:50   Andre Wesson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:48   Defensive rebound by Dachon Burke Jr.  
14:27   Yvan Ouedraogo missed layup  
14:25   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
14:20   Bad pass turnover on Kaleb Wesson, stolen by Dachon Burke Jr.  
14:18 +2 Cam Mack made layup 7-9
13:54   Kyle Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:52   Defensive rebound by Haanif Cheatham  
13:37   Dachon Burke Jr. missed jump shot  
13:35   Offensive rebound by Yvan Ouedraogo  
13:30   Traveling violation turnover on Yvan Ouedraogo  
13:00   Andre Wesson missed running Jump Shot  
12:58   Offensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
12:48   Kaleb Wesson missed layup  
12:46   Defensive rebound by Thorir Thorbjarnarson  
12:43   Lost ball turnover on Dachon Burke Jr., stolen by D.J. Carton  
12:37 +2 CJ Walker made layup 7-11
12:17   Thorir Thorbjarnarson missed 3-pt. fade-away jump shot  
12:15   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
11:57 +2 Kaleb Wesson made layup, assist by Andre Wesson 7-13
11:46   Bad pass turnover on Cam Mack, stolen by D.J. Carton  
11:41 +2 E.J. Liddell made dunk, assist by D.J. Carton 7-15
11:28   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Cross  
11:13 +2 D.J. Carton made driving layup 7-17
10:52   Kevin Cross missed driving layup  
10:50   Defensive rebound by E.J. Liddell  
10:36   Personal foul on Kevin Cross  
10:16   D.J. Carton missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Cam Mack  
10:14   Defensive rebound by Kevin Cross  
10:06 +2 Cam Mack made driving layup 9-17
9:47   CJ Walker missed running Jump Shot, blocked by Cam Mack  
9:45   Offensive rebound by Ohio State  
9:38 +2 Kaleb Wesson made turnaround jump shot 9-19
9:19   Haanif Cheatham missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:17   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
9:01 +2 E.J. Liddell made jump shot, assist by CJ Walker 9-21
8:46   Matej Kavas missed running Jump Shot  
8:44   Defensive rebound by E.J. Liddell  
8:35   CJ Walker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:33   Defensive rebound by Cam Mack  
8:25 +2 Haanif Cheatham made driving layup, assist by Cam Mack 11-21
8:07 +3 D.J. Carton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kaleb Wesson 11-24
7:49   Cam Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:47   Offensive rebound by Kevin Cross  
7:33 +2 Kevin Cross made driving layup 13-24
7:16   Personal foul on Kevin Cross  
7:11   Lost ball turnover on Andre Wesson  
6:57   Haanif Cheatham missed driving layup, blocked by Andre Wesson  
6:55   Offensive rebound by Dachon Burke Jr.  
6:50 +2 Haanif Cheatham made layup, assist by Dachon Burke Jr. 15-24
6:23 +2 Kyle Young made floating jump shot 15-26
6:14   Dachon Burke Jr. missed driving layup  
6:12   Defensive rebound by Kyle Young  
5:46 +2 Kyle Young made driving dunk, assist by Andre Wesson 15-28
5:36   Offensive foul on Haanif Cheatham  
5:36   Turnover on Haanif Cheatham  
5:09 +2 Kyle Young made layup 15-30
4:53 +2 Cam Mack made driving layup 17-30
4:45   Bad pass turnover on D.J. Carton, stolen by Cam Mack  
4:44   Personal foul on Andre Wesson  
4:36   Thorir Thorbjarnarson missed driving layup, blocked by E.J. Liddell  
4:34   Defensive rebound by CJ Walker  
4:26   Offensive foul on Kaleb Wesson  
4:26   Turnover on Kaleb Wesson  
4:19   Cam Mack missed finger-roll layup  
4:17   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
3:56   Shooting foul on Cam Mack  
3:56 +1 CJ Walker made 1st of 2 free throws 17-31
3:56 +1 CJ Walker made 2nd of 2 free throws 17-32
3:50   Personal foul on Danny Hummer  
3:38   Bad pass turnover on Yvan Ouedraogo  
3:11   CJ Walker missed jump shot  
3:09   Defensive rebound by Jervay Green  
3:01 +3 Jervay Green made 3-pt. jump shot 20-32
2:40   Shooting foul on Kevin Cross  
2:40   E.J. Liddell missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:40 +1 E.J. Liddell made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-33
2:23   Dachon Burke Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:21   Offensive rebound by Yvan Ouedraogo  
2:11   Jervay Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:09   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
1:51 +3 Justin Ahrens made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Young 20-36
1:34   Cam Mack missed floating jump shot  
1:32   Defensive rebound by Justin Ahrens  
1:14   Bad pass turnover on CJ Walker, stolen by Cam Mack  
1:10 +2 Dachon Burke Jr. made driving layup, assist by Cam Mack 22-36
48.0   Bad pass turnover on Justin Ahrens, stolen by Jervay Green  
29.0   Yvan Ouedraogo missed layup, blocked by Kyle Young  
27.0   Offensive rebound by Yvan Ouedraogo  
25.0 +2 Yvan Ouedraogo made dunk 24-36
25.0   Shooting foul on Kaleb Wesson  
25.0 +1 Yvan Ouedraogo made free throw 25-36
1.0 +2 Justin Ahrens made fade-away jump shot 25-38
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:43   Cam Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:43   Cam Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:41   Defensive rebound by Kyle Young  
19:27 +2 D.J. Carton made driving layup 25-40
19:27   Shooting foul on Thorir Thorbjarnarson  
19:27 +1 D.J. Carton made free throw 25-41
19:11 +3 Haanif Cheatham made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cam Mack 28-41
18:48 +2 Kyle Young made reverse layup, assist by Kaleb Wesson 28-43
18:32   Thorir Thorbjarnarson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:30   Defensive rebound by D.J. Carton  
18:18   Personal foul on Cam Mack  
18:17 +3 D.J. Carton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ Walker 28-46
17:55 +3 Thorir Thorbjarnarson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cam Mack 31-46
17:38   D.J. Carton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:36   Defensive rebound by Nebraska  
17:21   Thorir Thorbjarnarson missed turnaround jump shot  
17:19   Defensive rebound by Andre Wesson  
16:54 +3 E.J. Liddell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Wesson 31-49
16:34 +2 Yvan Ouedraogo made hook shot, assist by Thorir Thorbjarnarson 33-49
16:15   Shooting foul on Cam Mack  
16:15 +1 E.J. Liddell made 1st of 2 free throws 33-50
16:15   E.J. Liddell missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
16:15   Defensive rebound by Haanif Cheatham  
15:51 +3 Thorir Thorbjarnarson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Haanif Cheatham 36-50
15:30   Bad pass turnover on D.J. Carton, stolen by Thorir Thorbjarnarson  
15:27   Lost ball turnover on Thorir Thorbjarnarson, stolen by D.J. Carton  
15:10   Offensive foul on CJ Walker  
15:10   Turnover on CJ Walker  
14:49   Dachon Burke Jr. missed layup, blocked by Kaleb Wesson  
14:47   Offensive rebound by Dachon Burke Jr.  
14:39   Lost ball turnover on Dachon Burke Jr., stolen by CJ Walker  
14:34 +2 CJ Walker made driving layup 36-52
14:27   Thorir Thorbjarnarson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:25   Defensive rebound by Andre Wesson  
14:19   Kaleb Wesson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:17   Defensive rebound by Nebraska  
14:02 +2 Haanif Cheatham made driving layup 38-52
13:42   Bad pass turnover on Kaleb Wesson  
13:28   Cam Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:26   Defensive rebound by Andre Wesson  
13:12   Kyle Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:10   Offensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
13:02   D.J. Carton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:00   Offensive rebound by Kyle Young  
12:59 +2 Kyle Young made tip-in 38-54
12:52 +2 Cam Mack made driving layup 40-54
12:32   Personal foul on Cam Mack  
12:24 +2 CJ Walker made running Jump Shot 40-56
11:53 +3 Thorir Thorbjarnarson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Yvan Ouedraogo 43-56
11:28   Shooting foul on Charlie Easley  
11:28 +1 D.J. Carton made 1st of 3 free throws 43-57
11:28 +1 D.J. Carton made 2nd of 3 free throws 43-58
11:28   D.J. Carton missed 3rd of 3 free throws  
11:28   Defensive rebound by Thorir Thorbjarnarson  
11:15   Bad pass turnover on Jervay Green, stolen by CJ Walker  
11:00   Andre Wesson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:58   Offensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
10:57 +2 Kaleb Wesson made dunk 43-60
10:40   Haanif Cheatham missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:38   Defensive rebound by CJ Walker  
10:18 +3 CJ Walker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D.J. Carton 43-63
9:56   Kevin Cross missed dunk, blocked by D.J. Carton  
9:54   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
9:34   Personal foul on Kevin Cross  
9:34   Personal foul on Kaleb Wesson  
9:30   Justin Ahrens missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:28   Offensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
9:22 +2 CJ Walker made driving layup, assist by Kaleb Wesson 43-65
9:09   Personal foul on Justin Ahrens  
8:48   Shot clock violation turnover on Nebraska  
8:25 +3 CJ Walker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D.J. Carton 43-68
8:02 +2 Cam Mack made driving layup 45-68
7:43   E.J. Liddell missed jump shot  
7:41   Defensive rebound by Jervay Green  
7:27   Haanif Cheatham missed driving layup, blocked by Alonzo Gaffney  
7:26   Offensive rebound by Nebraska  
7:14   Cam Mack missed running Jump Shot  
7:12   Defensive rebound by CJ Walker  
6:57   E.J. Liddell missed fade-away jump shot  
6:55   Defensive rebound by Jervay Green  
6:48   Jervay Green missed driving layup  
6:46   Defensive rebound by CJ Walker  
6:33   Shooting foul on Thorir Thorbjarnarson  
6:33   E.J. Liddell missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:33 +1 E.J. Liddell made 2nd of 2 free throws 45-69
6:17 +2 Yvan Ouedraogo made hook shot 47-69
5:54   D.J. Carton missed driving layup, blocked by Yvan Ouedraogo  
5:49   Offensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
5:51   Shooting foul on Yvan Ouedraogo  
5:51