November 20, 2013

No shooting, no problem. For now.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio-Shannon Scott snuck in behind the American point guard, poked the ball away, and grabbed it with two hands. He took one dribble, gliding to the basket, before scoring an uncontested lay-up.

It was the first play of the second half, a steal and score by Ohio State's junior guard, and it came rather easily. It was a play-a made bucket-that didn't occur much in the previous 20 minutes of action, a half in which Ohio State shot 25 percent from the field.

Ohio State (4-0) let its defense lead to offense the rest of the way Wednesday night, defeating American, 63-52. For the second straight contest, the Buckeyes struggled to put the ball through the net. In its victory against Marquette Nov. 16, Ohio State scored only 52 points while shooting 42 percent from the field, a percentage that increased threefold after that contest's first half.

"It was kind of like, 'Geez, they're not going in,'" said Thad Matta. "Thankfully we played defense tonight."


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