South Dakota State Jackrabbits
The first half of the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the South Dakota State was back and forth, and ended in a 43-43 tie. Ohio State had the largest lead of the half at 12 points.
The first half was a battle between Keita-Bates Diop and Mike Daum. Diop dominated the first half scoring 17 points and bringing down 5 rebounds. But the Unanimous All-Big Ten Team Player met his match in the Jackrabbit’s Daum. Daum also had 17 points and 2 boards in the first half of the game.
The Buckeyes came out strong in the second half going on an 18-8 run giving Ohio State a 10 point lead at the 11 minute mark. But the Jackrabbits fought back going on a 14-4 run. This put the score at 68-70 with 2 minute left in the game.
Ohio State G Kam Williams was fouled twice from behind the arc in the last two minutes of the game. One of the two was converted for a four point play. Williams converted all four of the free throws as well. This gave the Buckeyes a seven point lead with just a minute left.
At that point, the game was all but over as the Buckeyes outlasted the Jackrabbits with a final score of 81-73.