Ohio State gets big road win over Minnesota

It would have been easy to forgive the Ohio State basketball team if they had come out a little flat and with a little rust. This was far from the case Thursday night in Minneapolis. Instead, the Buckeyes took control of the game physically against Minnesota in the second half to win quite easily 75-64 for a big road contest in the Big Ten.

It’s a little hard to believe, but the victory is Ohio State‘s first victory at The Barn in seven years. The way the Buckeyes did it wasn’t hard to figure out. They simply outplayed Minnesota on defense and on the boards.

OSU had 48 rebounds, including 20 on the offensive side to get more second chances than the Golden Gophers could handle. Ohio State imposed its will and beat Minnesota 43-34 in the second half.

EJ Liddell once again led the way for Ohio State. He notched a double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds on 9-of-14 shooting. He even hit the 1,000 career point milestone on the course Thursday night. Kyle Young, Zed Key and Malaki Branham also finished in double figures with 14, 12 and 11 points.

With the win, Ohio State improves to 13-4 overall and 6-2 in the conference to stay just 1/2 game out of first place in the league. The result was also Chris Holtmann’s 100th victory at the helm of Columbus.

The Buckeyes will next be in action at Purdue on Sunday. This could be a big problem.

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