Final OT

Butler 69

(2-2, 0-1 away)

Ohio State 79

(2-0, 2-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 22, 2005

    Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

    1 2 OT T
    BUT 19 41 969
    OSU 28 32 1979

    Top Performers

    Butler: B. Crone 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Ohio State: T. Dials 24 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Blk

    Buckeyes blow 13-point lead but recover in OT

    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 Tuesday night.

    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 points.

    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 3-pointers.

    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 player.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 69 79
    FG Made-Attempted 26-62 (.419) 26-48 (.542)
    3P Made-Attempted 13-29 (.448) 5-12 (.417)
    FT Made-Attempted 4-5 (.800) 22-27 (.815)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 13

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