OSU- Lipscomb: Tuner's Triple Double Overshadows Offutt Transfer

Drew GatewoodAnalyst INovember 24, 2009

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20:  Evan Turner #21 of the Ohio State Buckeyes controls the ball against the California Golden Bears during the consolation game of the 2K Sports Classic on November 20, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ohio State defeated California 76-70.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Evan Turner did it once again, becoming the only Buckeye to post two triple-doubles. He had 16 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds on his way to leading the Buckeyes to an 84-64 victory over Lipscomb.

David Lighty lifted the Buckeyes through a sloppy first half and finished the game with 22 points. He was one of five Buckeyes in double figures along with Turner (16), Diebler (17), Lauderdale (13), and Simmons (11). Ohio State shot 59 percent from the field including an impressive 52 percent from behind the arc.

Lipscomb was led by Adnan Hodzic’s 18 points. Michael Teller had 11 points and was the only other player in double figures for the Buffaloes. Lipscomb’s dismal three-point shooting continued for another game as they shot 27 percent from behind the arc, and 43 percent from the field.

Noticeably absent from the Buckeye lineup was guard Walter Offutt, who decided to transfer this afternoon. He will finish the fall quarter at Ohio State which ends in mid-December. When asked about his future plans he stated that he was focused on finishing strong in class and would weigh his options over the Christmas break.

Offutt’s lack of playing time along with current and future depth chart issues more than likely led to his decision. In his 23 games played at Ohio State he averaged 1.2 points and 4.9 minutes. This is the second year in a row Ohio State has lost a player to transfer before the halfway point of the season.

Ohio State’s depth chart shows nine guards with the subtraction of Offutt, meaning this won't have a devastating effect on the team immediately. As the season goes on and the minutes add up, I’m sure he will be missed considering he had one year under his belt as a Buckeye and knew the system.

Performances by Turner and Lighty however, ease the pain of once again losing another Buckeye to transfer attrition.