Profession-high 33 factors for Sueing as Ohio State downs Texas Tech 80-73 in Maui

Profession-high 33 factors for Sueing as Ohio State downs Texas Tech 80-73 in Maui
Profession-high 33 factors for Sueing as Ohio State downs Texas Tech 80-73 in Maui
Justice Sueing large day vs. Texas Tech (Picture: Brian Spurlock/Kenper-Lesnik)


Ohio State ahead Justice Sueing returned to his house state of Hawaii and had – at the very least up till now – one of the best recreation of his faculty basketball profession on Wednesday.

Sueing, taking part in his “tremendous senior” season for the Buckeyes, poured in 33 factors, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out 5 assists as Ohio State knocked off No. 21 Texas Tech 80-73 within the fifth-place recreation of the Maui Invitational. It was performed Wednesday afternoon on the Lahaina Civic Heart.

The win capped a 2-1 exhibiting for the Buckeyes (5-1 general) in Hawaii after they dropped their opener there to San Diego State 88-77 Monday and throttled in-state rival Cincinnati 81-53 on Tuesday.

Sueing was a mainstay for the Buckeyes within the 2020-21 season however missed all of two video games final season because of an stomach harm. He used the additional 12 months of eligibility afforded him due to the Covid season to come back again this 12 months. He had 20 factors in OSU’s season opener in opposition to Robert Morris, however had struggled within the 4 video games since then.

“I’m going to get emotional,” OSU coach Chris Holtmann mentioned. “As a result of I do know what that child has been by way of. He’s been by way of a heck of loads. He actually struggled the primary evening right here and the primary couple of video games right here in entrance of his household. However whenever you see a child with a season-ending harm who has a whole lot of promise … you need one of the best for him. Right now was a reasonably great way of ending his journey right here.”

Sueing had 23 of his factors within the second half because the Buckeyes held off each cost from the Crimson Raiders (4-2). Sueing scored 15 straight factors for the Buckeyes from the halfway level of the second half till a pair of his teammates, Sean McNeil and Zed Key, made free throws within the last minute to assist put it away.

“I’ve been working, simply making an attempt to get again into the move of issues,” Sueing admitted. “My teammates proceed to provide me help and the teaching workers continues to provide me help. I’ve continued to imagine in God and his path for me. It was a giant recreation and we needed to are available in and be prepared for them. I’m actually pleased with this workforce, particularly being so younger. It’s a nice feeling.”

Sueing ended up 12 of 19 from the ground, 1 of 5 on threes and eight of 8 on the foul line. He went baseline for an emphatic two-handed slam within the first half to virtually announce he was again to full well being.

“It undoubtedly set a tone for us,” Sueing mentioned. “We needed to come back into this recreation and be aggressive, realizing Texas Tech is a defensive-minded workforce. We needed to be aggressive and never allow them to dictate how we’d play. Opening up with that baseline dunk was key in getting off to a great begin.”

Holtmann added, “We want that play from him. We want that consistency from him. I assumed he competed on the defensive finish in opposition to a great participant in (Tech’s Kevin) Obanor. We would have liked his physicality, his size and his dimension. We stored saying that final 12 months. We would have liked that rebounding on the wing spot.

“I’m pleased with him, however pleased with our entire workforce. It was a collective workforce effort. The teaching workers did a fantastic job in a brief turnaround. Coach Diebler, Coach Netti and Coach Owens did a fantastic job getting ready the fellows.”

McNeil had 13 factors for the Buckeyes. Freshman Brice Sensabaugh added 10 factors.

Freshman guard Bruce Thornton chipped in 9 factors, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Thornton averaged 13 factors in his three-game keep in Hawaii.

“We now have a composed freshman on the level,” Holtmann mentioned. “It’s onerous to hurry him up. He doesn’t make loopy, irrational choices with the ball. He’s actually robust with it and exceptionally poised. He put one other nice effort in in the present day.”

Key had 9 factors as effectively for OSU.

“Anyone on this workforce has the flexibility to attain the ball and go off,” Key mentioned. “Right now, as we noticed the entire recreation, Justice had a stunning efficiency. He’s totally wholesome. Folks nonetheless query him after the final two video games when he didn’t rating that a lot. However he’s important for this workforce. He’s an older man and he’s a pacesetter. He had 33 factors tonight and it exhibits when individuals doubt him, he comes out and folks shouldn’t doubt him. It’s good to have him.”

Daniel Batcho led Texas Tech with 21 factors and 6 rebounds.

Kevin Obanor, who helped Oral Roberts defeat Ohio State within the NCAA Event two years in the past had 19 factors and De’Vion Harmon and Jaylon Tyson every scored 10 for the Crimson Raiders.

“Give a whole lot of credit score to Ohio State,” Texas Tech coach Mark Adams mentioned. “When you have a look at the stat sheet, they have been a little bit higher than us in each class. That’s sort of how the sport went. They’re a extremely good workforce, onerous to protect and effectively coached. They’ve good gamers and I feel they’re going to have a fantastic 12 months. That is simply one other recreation we are able to be taught from.”

This was a effectively performed recreation as Ohio State shot 52 % from the ground, whereas Texas Tech shot 51 %. OSU was 40 % on threes (8 of 20), whereas Tech was 28 % (5 of 18) behind the arc. Each groups had 10 turnovers. Ohio State led for simply over 37 minutes – largely as a result of the Buckeyes have been an ideal 18 of 18 on the foul line.

Coming into the sport, Texas Tech was among the many nationwide leaders in factors allowed (54.4 factors per recreation), subject aim share protection (35 %) and three-point subject aim share protection (28 %). However Holtmann sees his workforce persevering with to develop with its personal defensive effort.

“I feel we’ve to hold our hat on that and we’ve not been ok in that space the final two years,” Holtmann mentioned. “We have been stable our first three years, within the prime 25 defensively. We’ve acquired to be higher constantly.

“I didn’t suppose we have been nice within the first half. I assumed we have been higher and extra constant within the second half.”

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