OSU Notches First Win, Downs Central Michigan

A lineup shake-up helped Ohio State finally dent the win column Tuesday afternoon at the Maui Invitational. The Buckeyes held off Central Michigan to get a 77-71 victory.

With his team 0-2 after a pair of ugly defeats, OSU men's basketball coach Jim O'Brien shook up his starting lineup.

O'Brien put Tony Stockman and Velimir Radinovic on the bench and inserted Ricardo Billings and Ivan Harris into the lineup.

Stockman and Billings responded to the change in a big way as they helped lead the Buckeyes to their first win of the year, a 77-71 decision in a consolation bracket game at the Maui Invitational.

OSU (1-2) advances to meet the winner of today's game between Villanova and Santa Clara in Wednesday's fifth-place game at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

Stockman came off the bench and joined Terence Dials in leading OSU with 14 points. Dials also grabbed 14 rebounds. Billings added a career-high 13 points in his first career start.

Matt Sylvester and J.J. Sullinger each had eight points. Radinovic added seven and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham scored six.

Gerrit Brigitha led CMU (0-2) with 13 points, while Brandon Voorhees and Kevin Nelson each had 10 points.

OSU led 42-38 at halftime and moved ahead 68-58 after Stockman fed Sullinger for a layup and Dials for a slam.

CMU trimmed the gap to 71-68 with a three-pointer with 1:42 left. Sullinger then missed a pair of free throws, the second one an airball, with 1:27 left. But Fuss-Cheatham stole the ball back with 1:00 left.

Billings made four free throws and Sullinger made two in the final 18.3 seconds to put the game away.

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