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Ohio State Suffers First Defeat Of The Season With A 63-61 Loss At Sixth-Ranked Virginia Wednesday Night

Ohio State led much of the game and took No. 6 Virginia to the brink but could not come up with the plays at the end to win the game.

Ohio State led by as many as 16 points in the first half but sloppy play ultimately led to the Buckeyes' demise as they fell on the road to No. 6 Virginia, 63-61, Wednesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.  

OSU (6-1) committed a season-high 20 turnovers in the loss. Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle was responsible for eight of them.

Junior forward Jae'Sean Tate scored 12 points for the Buckeyes in the first 20 minutes on 5-of-6 shooting but finished with 14 as he dealt with foul trouble in the second half.  

Virginia (7-0) senior guard London Perrantes, meanwhile, came to life in the final 20 minutes. Fifteen of his season-best 19 points were scored in the second half. For the game, he shot 6 of 12 from the field and 4 of 8 from three-point range. 

The Buckeyes never trailed in the first half, making 15 of 25 shots (60.0 percent) while Virginia converted just 8 of 28 attempts (28.6 percent) to lead, 36-24, at the break. 

Virginia used a 15-2 run in the first five-plus minutes of the second half to take its first lead of the night, 39-38. Perrantes capped the run with a step-back jumper just beyond the foul line at the 14:43 mark. 

With the game tied at 57 and less than three minutes remaining, Lyle drove the lane but had the ball plucked away by Virginia junior guard Marial Shayok. On the Cavaliers' ensuing possession, Shayok dropped in a baseline layup to give his team a 59-57 advantage.   

Ohio State had the ball and was down, 63-61, with 6.5 seconds left in the game when head coach Thad Matta called a timeout to set up a play. Lyle attempted to drive toward the basket from the top of the key before being cut off by a Virginia defender. He was then forced to throw up a long-distance three that hit the front of the rim as time expired.

OSU's offense cooled off in the second half by connecting on 7 of 19 field goals but still shot 50.0 percent (22 of 44) for the game. Virginia was active on defense in the win, blocking six shots and producing nine steals. 

The Buckeyes shot uncharacteristically well from the foul line vs. the Cavaliers, however, making 11 of 13 free throws (84.6 percent). Ohio State was shooting 59.5 percent from the charity stripe heading into this matchup.  

Lyle finished with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting and handed out five assists.

For Virginia, junior guard Devon Hall was second to Perrantes with 12 points.

Ohio State returns to Columbus to take on Fairleigh Dickinson (2-4) of the Northeast Conference on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (ET). 


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