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Ohio State men’s hoops clinches first win at Wisconsin since 2000

Cody Cousino / Photo editor

The last time Ohio State won a road game against Wisconsin, Jim O’Brien was coaching the Buckeyes and citizens of the world were celebrating the arrival of the new millennium.

That changed Saturday.

OSU beat Wisconsin, 58-52, at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., synching the program’s first road victory against the Badgers since January 2000. The Buckeyes were led by sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, who tallied 24 points and 10 rebounds. Sullinger also scored his 1,000th career point in the win, becoming the 48th Buckeye to accomplish the feat.

Coach Thad Matta enjoyed his first win at the Kohl Center since arriving at OSU in 2005.

Sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas contributed 16 points and six rebounds for the Buckeyes (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten). Redshirt junior forward Ryan Evans scored 14 points for the Badgers (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten).

With OSU leading, 51-50, with 2:27 to play in regulation, senior guard William Buford, who finished the afternoon with 11 points, hit a 3-pointer to put the Buckeyes up by four points. Wisconsin wouldn’t recover from Buford’s basket — the 400th field goal of the player’s career.

OSU will next host Purdue Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Opening tip is set for 9 p.m. 

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