Career Day For Justice Sueing leads Ohio State to an 80-73 victory over no. 21 Texas Tech at the Maui Invitational

Judge Sueing was a man possessed in Maui.

Squad

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THE FINAL

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#21 TEXAS TECHNOLOGY

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The best day of his career for the Hawaii native allowed the Buckeyes to take fifth place at the Maui Invitational with an 80-73 victory over the no. 21 Texas Tech, finishing the road with a 2-1 record and their first league win of the year.

A strong start for the Buckeyes gave them a double-digit lead just over seven minutes into play, and Ohio State led by 5:03 into halftime. The Red Raiders kept things competitive throughout, but the Buckeyes stayed ahead as Sueing dominated offensively and set another level up late.

Ohio State never trailed in the second half, and Sueing finished with 33 points. The sixth-year forward scored 23 points in the second half alone. His previous high in a Buckeye uniform was 22 years.

First half

It was all Ohio State during the first 10 minutes of action. Sueing scored the Buckeyes’ first six points and Sean McNeil scored the next nine in a row. At 11:46, Buckeye threes gave Ohio State a 23-10 lead on the back of a 16-3 run.

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TEXAS TECHNOLOGY

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POINTS

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27-52 (51.9%)

FGM-FGA (PCT.)

28-55 (50.9%)

8-20 (40%)

3pm-3PA (Pct.)

5-18 (27.8%)

18-18 (100%)

FTM-ALS (PCT.)

12-13 (92.3%)

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OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS

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DEFENSIVE REBOUNDS

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POINTS ON THE BENCH

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The Red Raiders closed that gap quickly, scoring the next six points as part of a 20-13 stretch to finish the half down by four points.

In a high-paced half on offense, both teams hit better than 53% of their field goals and more than 38% of their 3-pointers. Each team had two double-digit scorers in the first 20 minutes, as Sueing and Brice Sensabaugh each had 10 for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State had the lead in rebounds (14-11), bench runs (10-3) and paint runs (16-2) at halftime, and turned the ball three fewer times than the Reds Raiders. The Buckeyes scored eight points on Texas Tech’s seven turnovers.

Second half

Ohio State came right back to Sueing to start the final period, as the 6-foot-7 forward scored the first five points of the half to help the Buckeyes hold on to a two possession lead. Sueing sued Bruce Thornton for an open triple at 3:40, and knocked down a triple by his own 1:40 later to give Ohio State a 52-41 lead.

But Texas Tech crunched in the next two minutes, keeping within six points of the sub-12 minute media timeout. Oral Roberts transfer Kevin Obanor, who helped eliminate Ohio State in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, had another great game against the Buckeyes to keep the Red Raiders afloat in the second half.

Obanor hit another shot at 7:10 to cut the Buckeye lead to the ground amid a 6-0 stretch for Texas Tech, but Sueing answered once again. The Ohio State forward fouled a 3-point attempt on his next possession and knocked down all three free throws.

Ohio State called a five-point timeout with 1:58 to play, and a layup by Sueing on the offensive glass extended the Buckeyes’ lead to seven on their next possession. It was part of a stretch in which Sueing scored 14 straight points for Ohio State.

Another close game in the final minute, free throws finally sealed the deal for the Rossoneri.

Game notes

  • Ohio State kicked off the Maui Invitational on Monday with an 88-77 loss to no. 17 San Diego State, but bounced back Tuesday with an 81-53 landslide win over Cincinnati.

  • Texas Tech dropped its tournament opener to No. 10 Creighton, 76-65, but knocked out Louisville by 32 Tuesday.

  • Red Raiders forward Kevin Obanor, an Oral Roberts transfer, helped upset Ohio State as No. Seeded 2 in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

  • Ohio State made no changes to Wednesday’s five games, starting Bruce Thornton, Sean McNeil, Isaac Likekele, Justice Sueing and Zed Key for the sixth straight game.

  • Sensabaugh is one of only three Ohio State freshmen since 1980 to score in double figures in six straight games to start his OSU career, joining Michael Redd (12 games in 1997) and Jim Jackson (7 games in 1989).

  • Eugene Brown (concussion) missed his sixth straight game for Ohio State.

  • Ohio State has had only two previous meetings with the Red Raiders in program history, winning the most recent meeting, 77-71, in the 2004-05 season.

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