Ohio State Holds off Late Nebraska Charge to Earn Road Win in Lincoln

Thad NovakCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 2:  Deshaun Thomas #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes controls the ball against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on January 2, 2013 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Nebraska put up a lot more of a fight than the visitors were expecting, but No. 11 Ohio State held on for a 63-56 win in Lincoln. The victory keeps the Buckeyes in second place in the Big Ten at 7-2, while the Huskers drop to a painful 2-8.

Lenzelle Smith Jr. turned out to be the hero for the OSU offense, pouring in 21 points on perfect shooting from the field. Deshaun Thomas, hampered by a couple of long scoring droughts to open and close the game, was held to an uncharacteristic 15 points in the victory.

David Rivers' 13 points spearheaded a late Nebraska comeback, but they still came in a losing cause. Andre Almeida put in a heroic effort off the Huskers' bench, piling up eight rebounds, three blocks and a steal, but he couldn't solve Nebraska's offensive woes.

Nebraska held Ohio State to 39.1 percent shooting, but the Buckeyes were even better. The Huskers managed only 36.5 percent accuracy from the field, including a dismal 6-for-26 night from three-point range.