- Ohio State might want to take heed the next time it looks to schedule
a team out of the MAC as the Bowling Green Falcons gave Thad Matta
and his Buckeyes about all they could handle on Monday night and a pair of clutch free throws from David Lighty
helped the Buckeyes hold on to a slim lead and a 61-57 win.
|The Buckeyes had problems all night long with the Falcons.|
led the Buckeyes with 17 points and Evan Turner
had 12 in the win while Dallas Lauderdale
did a little bit of everything with eight points, seven rebounds and
six blocks. They helped make up for a shortage of production from
Lighty who was held scoreless in the first half and only had four
points on 1-5 shooting from the field.
"Excited to get out with
a win tonight," Matta said. "For whatever reason and Bowling Green
probably had a lot to do with it… we weren't executing the way we
needed to at the beginning. (Play) calls weren't getting to everybody
on the floor and we didn't have a really good flow about us."
Ohio State had a lead of 13 points at the 15 minute mark of the second half but watched BG chip into the lead with Brian Moten
's 16 points and Darryl Clement
13 points. The Falcons brought and experienced team into the VCA and
the Buckeyes knew that it would be far from a cakewalk going against BG.
are an excellent team," Diebler said. "They played extremely hard
tonight and one thing about them is they are experienced."
Green tied the game up at the 6:48 mark with a pair of free throws to
knot it up at 46-all and then took the lead with a Nate Miller
jumper. Was there any fear for the Buckeyes especially being such a young team?
think we had full confidence because we practice so hard," Turner said.
"When you practice as hard as we do, you build confidence."
could say that the Buckeyes gave blood, sweat and tears in the game, or
at least two out of the three when Evan Turner had to leave the game
with a bloody jersey and came back wearing No. 25 because of having
taken a shot to the face. How did the injury occur?
were trapping (David Lighty) hit me with his hand and I don't know what
happened," Turner said. "It was my first ever bloody nose and it was
kind of gross and cool at the same time (laugh)."
roared back and took a seven point lead on Lighty's lone jumper of the
night but BG would keep pecking away. BG had a chance to tie at the 32
second mark when Joe Jakubowski
missed a three pointer. Turner and Lighty each hit big free throws to ice it.
just told us to keep coming at them," Lighty said. "That's why we wake
up at 5 in the morning in the summertime and all the conditioning and
all the running that is what that was for."
But coach Matta know that he had to count on Lighty to step up.
(for) Dave the light went on and he did what he is supposed to do,"
Matta said. "Dave has to come realize there are a lot o f times out
there where guys are looking for help and Dave has got to be a guy who
can provide that for them."
Lighty joked after the game about having
the pressure on him to hit the pair of free throws, especially being
only in a one-and-one scenario.
"I missed the first three so I had to make something," Lightly joked. "I just made them at the right time, we needed them. "
Matta gave his team a mixed report card after the game with moments of good followed by moments of bad.
think we had some stretches in there where we played pretty good
basketball both offensively and defensively," Matta said. "We are not
going to hold a team like Bowling Green scoreless and we are not going
to score every time down but what we have got to strive for and I think
teams across the country are looking for is consistency and having a
pretty decent flow to them of what they are trying to get done."
The young Buckeyes know that games like this will mean a lot as the season goes on.
"When you go up against an experienced team it is going to help us a lot in the long run," Diebler said.