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Gritty Defense Completes Sunshine State Sweep for Buckeyes

Posted By Kyle Rowland On Dec 1 2010 @ 7:28 am In Ohio State | No Comments

It was the status quo for Florida State.

Great defense, no offense.

It is something that has plagued the Seminoles for a few years now and it reared its ugly head again Tuesday night as No. 2 Ohio State knocked off Florida State, 58-44, in Tallahassee. It is the second straight season the Buckeyes have defeated the Seminoles in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

One must give credit to Ohio State, though, for FSU’s porous offensive output. Coming into the game, Chris Singleton was on a tear, averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds a game. With Jared Sullinger harassing him much of the night, Singleton scored just eight points.

Jon Diebler led OSU with 12 points, while Sullinger added 11 points and 13 rebounds. David Lighty contributed 10 points and seven rebounds.

Diebler made just three-of-12 shots from the field, but was solid at the free-throw line missing just one of his five attempts. As a team, Ohio State shot 32 percent on the night.

The Buckeyes led from the opening tip on, jumping out to a quick 7-0 lead and taking a 28-17 advantage into halftime. They would eventually open the lead to 17 points before Florida State went on a tear. The Seminoles closed to within seven at 49-42 with 4:30 left. The 19-9 run wasn’t enough, though, as OSU stayed steady down the stretch to notch a 14-point win.

The win represents a sweep of Florida and Florida State for the season. Two weeks ago, Ohio State defeated Florida in Gainesville, 93-75.

The Buckeyes dominated the offensive boards, out-rebounding the Seminoles 17-7. Sullinger led the way with six offensive rebounds.

Defensively, Ohio State was able to force 22 turnovers, 14 in the second half. Florida State shot 35.4 percent from the field and just over 17 percent from three-point range.

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