COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Terence Dials scored 24 points and Je'Kel
Foster added 18 as Ohio State, which blew a 13-point lead in the
final 4 minutes of regulation, held off Butler 79-69 in overtime on
In the 38th meeting between the teams -- and the first in 23
years -- the Buckeyes (2-0) struggled all night before building a
54-41 lead with 4:01 remaining.
Butler (2-2) cut the lead to 10 in the next minute and to five
with a minute remaining before forcing the overtime on A.J. Graves'
long 3-pointer with 6.7 seconds left to tie it at 60-60.
Jamar Butler, playing his first game after serving a one-game
suspension for playing in a 3-on-3 tournament last spring, scored
nine of the Buckeyes' 19 points in overtime. He finished with a
career-high 16, hitting 8 of 9 free throws.
The Buckeyes never trailed in the overtime, pulling away on
consecutive 3-pointers by Butler and Ron Lewis, who added 13
J.J. Sullinger had a career-high 14 rebounds for Ohio State,
which shot 54 percent from the field and outscored the Bulldogs
22-4 at the line.
Brandon Crone scored a career-best 27 points and Graves had 13
for Butler, which stayed in the game by hitting 13 of 29
For most of the night, the Buckeyes relied on the 6-foot-9
Dials, who had a three-inch advantage on Butler's tallest frontline
Down by 13 with 4 minutes left, a Crone follow and 3-pointers by
Graves and Bruce Horan cut the lead to 59-54 with a minute left.
Crone's 3-pointer with 24.1 seconds left cut the lead to 60-57,
setting the stage for Graves' tying shot in the final seconds.