Nov. 22, 2005
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.