Buckeyes turn back Wisconsin in Big Ten
COLUMBUS — David Lighty helped Ohio State weather Evan Turner’s foul trouble, scoring 18 points to lead the Buckeyes to their second win over a ranked opponent this week, a 60-51 victory over No. 13 Wisconsin on Saturday night.
Turner had 15 points despite finishing with four fouls, and William Buford added 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes (13-5, 3-3 Big Ten), who have righted themselves after losing three of four while Turner was coming back from broken bones in his back.
Trevon Hughes had 18 points and Jason Bohannon 10 for the Badgers (14-4, 4-2), who struggled all night to find an inside presence on offense. They were playing their second game without second-leading scorer (15.4 ppg) and leading rebounder (6.2 rpg) Jon Leuer, who fractured his left wrist a week earlier.
The Buckeyes won at No. 6 Purdue 70-66 on Tuesday night.
Down 15 with just over 8 minutes left, the Badgers trimmed the lead to seven in the final minutes but couldn’t get closer.
The Buckeyes improved to 11-0 at home this season and 4-3 against ranked opponents — or 4-1 when Turner is in the lineup. He missed more than a month of the season, during which the Buckeyes went 3-3. One of those losses was a humiliating 65-43 rout at Wisconsin on New Year’s Eve.
One of the keys to the rematch was that even with Turner sitting out the final 14 minutes of the first half with two fouls, the Buckeyes were able to turn a 10-9 deficit into a 12-point halftime lead.