San Diego State Hands Ohio State Its First Loss of the Season, 88-77, in Maui Invitational Opener

Ohio State couldn’t cross its first true take a look at of the season Monday regardless of a spirited second-half effort in its first ranked matchup in Maui.

Team

1

2

FINAL

OHIO STATE

26

51

77

#17 SAN DIEGO STATE 37 51 88

Pit in opposition to Seventeenth-ranked San Diego State on the opening evening of the Maui Invitational, the Buckeyes could not put up sufficient factors to outpace an Aztec staff that boasts one of the greatest defenses in the nation. By sport’s finish, San Diego State completed with an 88-77 edge at the Lahaina Civic Center in Hawaii.

The Buckeyes’ second straight dismal capturing begin put them behind the eight-ball by the center of the first half, and Ohio State could not make up sufficient floor to get again into it late. Sean McNeil led a valiant comeback effort early in the closing interval, reducing the Aztec edge to 4 factors with 13:28 to play, and Ohio State made one other late run to maintain it inside single digits in the closing jiffy.

But San Diego State finally stemmed the tide to shut out the Buckeyes amid a stellar capturing evening. Ohio State by no means led after the 12:37 mark of the first interval.

First Half

Ohio State held San Diego State to an 0-for-8 begin from the flooring and scored the first 5 factors of the contest. But the Buckeyes have been hardly scorching both, hitting only one of their first six photographs, and Zed Key picked up two fast fouls that stored the Buckeye large man on the bench for a lot of the interval. While Ohio State continued to battle from the subject, SDSU took its first lead of the sport with a layup at 12:37 throughout a stretch in which the Buckeyes hit simply 1-of-8 photographs.

OHIO STATE

STAT

SAN DIEGO
STATE

77

POINTS

88

28-66 (42.4%)

FGM-FGA (PCT.)

31-61 (50.8%)

7-22 (31.8%)

3PM-3PA (PCT.)

10-21 (47.6%)

14-15 (93.3%)

FTM-FTA (PCT.)

16-20 (80%)

8

TURNOVERS

7

34

TOTAL REBOUNDS

37

8

OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS

7

26

DEFENSIVE REBOUNDS

30

27

BENCH POINTS

41

4

BLOCKS

5

4

STEALS

3

9

ASSISTS

14

By the 10:10 mark, San Diego State had discovered its groove, utilizing a 13-2 run to mount a six-point lead on the Buckeyes. Felix Okpara responded with a dunk, however the Aztecs stored hitting photographs and prolonged the benefit to 22-13 lower than three minutes later.

With three straight photographs beneath the five-minute mark, the Aztecs took their first double-digit lead of the sport, 29-18, as former Buckeye Jaedon Ledee knocked down his second shot of the first half.

The San Diego State lead grew to as many as 15 factors in the first half, however Ohio State closed the half down 37-26 as Brice Sensabaugh led the manner with 9 factors off the bench. The Buckeyes shot simply 30% from the flooring and 1-for-11 from 3-point vary whereas the Aztecs transformed 41.9% of their photographs and knocked down 4 of their 10 3-pointers.

Second Half

After scoring simply two factors in the first half, Sean McNeil bought Ohio State again into it with 11 straight factors early in the interval. His fifth consecutive basket put the Buckeyes again inside 9 factors of the Aztecs at the 14:57 mark.

A 7-0 Buckeye run from 14:11 to 13:28 lower the Aztec result in simply 4 factors, however San Diego State countered with an 8-0 run of its personal to cease Ohio State’s momentum. Following back-to-back 3-pointers from SDSU’s Micah Parrish, a layup on a stolen inbounds cross put the Aztecs again up 12 factors with 12:37 to go.

Another 7-0 stretch for San Diego State gave the Aztecs their largest lead of the sport to that time, 68-52, earlier than the beneath 10-minute media timeout.

A Bruce Thornton and-one made it a nine-point sport with 4:51 to play, and a flagrant foul on San Diego State allowed Tanner Holden to transform a four-point play to chop the deficit to eight factors with 4:02 to go But the Aztecs answered as soon as once more and completed sturdy to stave off the scarlet and grey regardless of a much-improved second half.

Four Aztecs completed with double-digit scoring figures, and 22 factors from McNeil couldn’t save the Buckeyes from defeat. Two freshmen, Thornton and Sensabaugh, completed in double figures for Ohio State, combining to attain 30 factors.

What’s Next

Ohio State takes on Cincinnati, who misplaced to Arizona on Monday, at 5 pm Tuesday on ESPN2.

Game Notes

  • Junior guard Eugene Brown missed his fourth straight sport to start out the season as he continues to undergo the concussion protocol.

  • Ohio State had solely matched up with San Diego State three earlier occasions since the 1949-50 season, with just one loss in opposition to the Aztecs getting into Monday’s contest. The Buckeyes final performed SDSU in 2003-04, shedding 83-61 at dwelling.

  • San Diego State ahead Jaedon Ledee, who entered the evening main the Aztecs with 16 factors per sport, performed for Ohio State in 2018-19 earlier than transferring to TCU.

  • Ohio State employed the similar beginning lineup because it did in the first three video games, with Bruce Thornton, Sean McNeil, Justice Sueing, Isaac Likekele and Zed Key beginning out of the contest.

  • Tanner Holden was the first Buckeye off the bench in the first half.

  • Zed Key hit the first shot of the sport for Ohio State for the fourth straight time to start out the season.

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