The Buckeyes were victims of an early season stunner last night as they fell to the University of San Francisco, 76-65. Transfers J.J. Sullinger and Tony Stockman had 24 and 20 points respectively, but no other Buckeye player scored in double-figures. San Francisco, who was without all-conference guard John Cox, was led by forward Tyrone Riley's 19 points and forward Alvin Broussard's 14 points.
The Buckeyes never led in the game and trailed by double digits at halftime, but a 10-0 run early in the second half cut the San Francisco lead to three. USF would not let OSU get any closer though as they soon extended the lead back out to double digits.
Ohio State was hurt by a poor performance from the free throw line. The Buckeyes out-rebounded USF 31 to 25, shot .479 percent from the field to USF's .470 and hit 7 of 13 from 3-point range to USF's 5 of 17, but OSU shot a dismal 12 of 26 from the line, compared to USF's 27 of 41.
Ohio State was also hit with three technical fouls in the game, including two on head coach Jim O'Brien, who was ejected late in the second half.
The Buckeyes fall to 0-1 on the season, while San Francisco notches their first win after losses to Tennessee-Martin and Southwest Missouri State.
Next up for Ohio State is the Maui Invitational, which begins Monday at 9 EST with a matchup against San Diego State.