Buckeyes Blasted At Seton Hall

OSU suffered a fourth embarrassing double-digit defeat Saturday as Seton Hall rolled to an easy 75-59 win.

Following his team's lopsided loss at Seton Hall Saturday, OSU coach Jim O'Brien said one of his biggest regrets was he didn't empty the bench at halftime.

Perhaps another one would have been that the Buckeyes made the trip to New Jersey to play this nonconference game altogether.

Ohio State's once-promising season careened (again) off course as the Buckeyes absorbed a fourth embarrassing double-digit defeat on the young season, falling 75-59 to Seton Hall at Continental Airlines Arena in a game that was nowhere near as close as the final score might indicate.

"When you play a good team that plays as well as they did and you don't put the ball in the basket or play with the kind of intensity or enthusiasm you need to play with, this is the result," O'Brien said on his postgame show on WBNS-AM.

Seton Hall (5-2) was led by 19 points from reserve J.R. Morris, while John Allen added 17 and Andre Barrett scored 14. The Pirates succeeded in pushing the ball against OSU's depleted roster (the Buckeyes were without suspended forward Matt Sylvester), they hit more than their share of three-pointers (9 of 17, 53 percent) and took the Buckeyes out of any kind of rhythm on offense (OSU shot just 34 percent from the floor).

Tony Stockman was the only OSU player in double figures with 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting from the floor.

OSU fell behind 41-19 at halftime and never made a dent in the lead in the second half. O'Brien finally did empty his bench with the Buckeyes down 63-34 with eight minutes left. That group, led by point guard Nick Dials, whittled the final margin inside 20 in the final minute.

"I was torn at halftime," O'Brien said. "I thought about (emptying the bench) at halftime. Our second team consistently beats our starters in practice because they play together. I am proud of the way they played at the end of the game. I am disappointed now that I didn‘t do it at halftime.

"I am also disappointed in the other group. I don't know what to do to get them to care about it more than they do. We are just not a tough enough team right now."

OSU was still in the game when Brandon Fuss-Cheatham went down the lane and made a one-handed shot to cut the SHU lead to 8-7 with 13:33 left in the first half. But the Pirates then went on a 24-6 tear, fueled by six three-point goals (three by Allen, two by Morris and one by Barrett) to go up 32-13 with 6:44 left in the half.

The lead went to 41-19 on a putback basket right before the half and reached as high as 29 at 63-34 after a Morris dunk with 8:26 left.

Nick Dials added seven points for OSU, while J.J. Sullinger and Velimir Radinovic each had six.

The Buckeyes host Eastern Illinois Tuesday.


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