COLUMBUS, Ohio – The William & Mary men's basketball team had its five-game winning streak snapped at Big Ten foe Ohio State, 97-62, on Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes (8-3) shot 64.8 percent from the floor and hit a season-high 11 3-pointers, to counter the Tribe's 51.9 percent shooting effort.
The Tribe (6-3) jumped out of the gates, hitting eight of its first 10 from the floor and led 16-13 following a Nathan Knight jumper at the 14:14 mark. The Green and Gold held a 20-19 cushion after senior guard David Cohn found classmate Connor Burchfield for a lay-up two minutes later. Knight (8), Cohn (7) and Burchfield (5) combined for the Tribe's first 20 points.
Ohio State responded with a 27-4 run to open up as much as a 22-point cushion, 46-24. The Buckeyes scored eight-straight points to take a 27-20 advantage and force a W&M timeout at the midway through the first half. The turning point came with 7:49 left in the opening frame when Knight picked up a back-to-back fouls in a 13-second span, giving him three for the game and forcing him to the bench. The Buckeyes scored 11-straight points, including six from Keita Bates-Diop, to open up a 39-22 advantage.
W&M scored seven-straight points to end the first half and start the second. Cohn, who converted an acrobatic lay-up at the half-time horn, found Knight for a lay-up just 21 seconds into the final period to close the gap to 48-34. Ohio State answered by scoring 14 of the game's next 17 points to put it out of reach.
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