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No. 15 Ohio State survives gritty Bucknell to win 73-71

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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Key Players
K. Mackenzie
1 G
C. Jackson
3 G
28.6 Min. Per Game 28.6
12.7 Pts. Per Game 12.7
3.1 Ast. Per Game 3.1
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.7
38.1 Field Goal % 39.6
34.5 Three Point % 39.1
82.5 Free Throw % 75.6
  Offensive rebound by Jimmy Sotos 12.0
  Bruce Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Lost ball turnover on Andre Wesson, stolen by John Meeks 20.0
+ 3 Avi Toomer made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kimbal Mackenzie 20.0
+ 1 Kaleb Wesson made 2nd of 2 free throws 29.0
+ 1 Kaleb Wesson made 1st of 2 free throws 29.0
  Personal foul on Kimbal Mackenzie 29.0
+ 3 Kimbal Mackenzie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Avi Toomer 33.0
  Defensive rebound by Bruce Moore 41.0
  Keyshawn Woods missed 2nd of 2 free throws 41.0
+ 1 Keyshawn Woods made 1st of 2 free throws 41.0
Team Stats
Points 71 73
Field Goals 23-55 (41.8%) 27-56 (48.2%)
3-Pointers 12-30 (40.0%) 6-15 (40.0%)
Free Throws 13-18 (72.2%) 13-18 (72.2%)
Total Rebounds 29 39
Offensive 5 9
Defensive 23 30
Team 1 0
Assists 13 15
Steals 6 2
Blocks 1 3
Turnovers 8 13
Fouls 20 14
Technicals 0 0
13 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
22 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Bucknell 4-4 403171
home team logo 15 Ohio State 9-1 393473
Team Stats
away team logo Bucknell 4-4 75.8 PPG 37.5 RPG 15.2 APG
home team logo 15 Ohio State 9-1 70.3 PPG 37.4 RPG 14.0 APG
Key Players
11
A. Toomer G 9.0 PPG 3.8 RPG 1.9 APG 42.5 FG%
34
K. Wesson F 14.7 PPG 6.5 RPG 1.8 APG 52.2 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Toomer G 13 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
K. Wesson F 22 PTS 10 REB 4 AST
41.8 FG% 48.2
40.0 3PT FG% 40.0
72.2 FT% 72.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Mackenzie 13 5 2 4/11 3/8 2/2 3 33 0 0 1 2 3
A. Toomer 13 3 3 5/10 3/6 0/0 3 32 1 0 0 1 2
J. Sotos 12 7 5 5/12 1/3 1/2 2 35 2 0 1 1 6
N. Sestina 10 3 1 3/7 2/4 2/2 5 14 0 0 2 1 2
B. Moore 7 3 0 1/3 1/3 4/6 4 25 0 1 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Mackenzie 13 5 2 4/11 3/8 2/2 3 33 0 0 1 2 3
A. Toomer 13 3 3 5/10 3/6 0/0 3 32 1 0 0 1 2
J. Sotos 12 7 5 5/12 1/3 1/2 2 35 2 0 1 1 6
N. Sestina 10 3 1 3/7 2/4 2/2 5 14 0 0 2 1 2
B. Moore 7 3 0 1/3 1/3 4/6 4 25 0 1 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Meeks 7 3 0 2/5 0/2 3/4 1 17 1 0 1 0 3
A. Funk 6 0 0 2/3 2/3 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
P. Newman 3 3 1 1/3 0/0 1/2 2 23 1 0 2 0 3
N. Jones 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
B. Robertson 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
W. Ellis 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 9 1 0 0 0 1
M. O'Reilly - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sechan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Spear - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 28 13 23/55 12/30 13/18 20 200 6 1 8 5 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wesson 22 10 4 6/11 1/2 9/10 2 27 1 1 4 4 6
C. Jackson 10 8 6 3/5 1/1 3/6 1 34 0 1 2 0 8
K. Young 8 6 0 4/7 0/1 0/0 3 27 0 1 1 1 5
L. Muhammad 8 2 1 4/7 0/1 0/0 1 32 1 0 2 0 2
A. Wesson 4 9 2 2/8 0/3 0/0 4 29 0 0 3 4 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wesson 22 10 4 6/11 1/2 9/10 2 27 1 1 4 4 6
C. Jackson 10 8 6 3/5 1/1 3/6 1 34 0 1 2 0 8
K. Young 8 6 0 4/7 0/1 0/0 3 27 0 1 1 1 5
L. Muhammad 8 2 1 4/7 0/1 0/0 1 32 1 0 2 0 2
A. Wesson 4 9 2 2/8 0/3 0/0 4 29 0 0 3 4 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Woods 13 2 2 5/9 2/2 1/2 2 27 0 0 1 0 2
D. Washington Jr. 8 2 0 3/8 2/5 0/0 0 13 0 0 0 0 2
M. Jallow 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 0 0 0 0
J. LeDee 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
D. Hummer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lane - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Potter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ahrens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 39 15 27/56 6/15 13/18 14 200 2 3 13 9 30