Mahalo! Sueing hits career-high 33 in defeat of No. 21 Texas Tech-Ohio State Buckeyes

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LAHAINA, Hawaii – Justice Sueing posted a career-high 33 points Wednesday and Ohio State rode their senior captain to an 80-73 win over No. 21 Texas Tech in the Maui Invitational fifth place playoff.

The win lifts the Buckeyes to 5-1 in the young season while Texas Tech falls to 4-2. This was Ohio State’s fourth trip to the Maui Invitational, and the Buckeyes finished all four appearances with a 2-1 record.

Sueing scored 23 of his 33 in the second half and had 15 consecutive points down the line. He was 8-of-8 from the free throw line and also finished with eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.

As a team, the Buckeyes were a perfect 18-of-18 from the free throw line. That hasn’t happened in a game for Ohio State since 2006.

Alongside Sueing, Sean McNeil finished with 13 points on the strength of a pair of threes and 5 of 5 from the free throw line.

Freshman Brice Sensabaugh scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting and 2-of-3 from long range. He is now just the third Buckeye freshman in the past 40 years to score 10 or more points in each of his first six college games, joining Michael Redd in 1997 and Jimmy Jackson in 1989.

Zed Key added nine points, two assists and a pair of blocks. Freshman point guard Bruce Thornton handled the pressure from Texas Tech well, finishing in over 38 minutes with nine points, four assists and just two turnovers.

The Buckeyes used an early 10-0 run to build a 17-7 lead seven minutes into the game. McNeil scored eight of the ten points with a pair of threes. The run extended to 16-3 after threes from Thornton and Sensabaugh.

Texas Tech slowly went ahead for the rest of the half and would only be 41-37 behind at the break. The Buckeyes shot over 53 percent in the first half and Sueing and Sensabaugh both had 10 points to help speed the team.

In the second half, the Buckeyes extended the lead back to 11 after Thornton and Sueing gave three points in a row and Texas Tech responded, twice cutting the lead to four points. But each time, the Buckeyes and Sueing were able to react. Sueing made three free throws the first time and had a three-point game the second time. Both were crushing for the Red Raiders. Tech was never able to come within possession throughout the second half as the Buckeyes’ offense kept up.


Ohio State will head home and enjoy Thanksgiving weekend with the family before hitting the road again on Wednesday, November 30 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Cameron Indoor Stadium to face Duke. Tipp-off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN.


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