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Ohio State 84, Nebraska 53

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Guard Amedeo Delle Valle scored 15 points to lead five players in double figures, and No. 2 Ohio State overwhelmed visiting Nebraska in the second half for an 84-53 victory in the Buckeyes' Big Ten Conference home opener on Saturday at Value City Arena.

Delle Valle, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, entered the game averaging 4.9 points. He was 5 for 5 from the field, including 3 for 3 on 3-pointers, as Ohio State (14-0, 2-0 Big Ten) pulled away after a close first half.

Ohio State, ahead by 10 points at halftime, used a 12-0 run early in the second half for sufficient breathing room.

Guard Aaron Craft hit a jumper, forward LaQuinton Ross made back-to-back three-pointers, guard Lenzelle Smith scored inside and guard Shannon Scott made two free throws with 14:23 remaining for a 56-36 lead.

Nebraska, which trailed by 20 points midway through the second half of its Big Ten Conference opener Tuesday at Iowa and pulled within five, could not get any closer than 14 points this time.

Forward Terran Petteway scored 15 points and forward Leslee Smith scored 11 for Nebraska (8-6, 0-2 Big Ten). The Huskers are 0-6 against Ohio State since joining the Big Ten, and have lost those games by an average of 24.6 points.

Ohio State clamped down on defense to close the first half on a 7-0 run and opened their biggest lead of the first half, 40-30, at halftime.

A steal by Scott and blocked shots by center Trey McDonald and forward Sam Thompson led to a 3-pointer by Craft, a tip-in by Delle Valle and two free throws from Thompson.

Nebraska, which was coming off a 29.9 percent shooting performance in its lowest-scoring output of the season Tuesday at Iowa, shot 42 percent in the first half. The Huskers led for a five-minute stretch until the 10:25 mark, when Thompson hit a floater in the lane for a 14-14 tie.

The Buckeyes seemed on the verge of opening up the game, using an 8-0 run for a 27-19 lead. Ross had a 3-pointer and Craft had a steal and layup to highlight that run.

But freshman guard Tai Webster hit a 3-pointer in the corner and Petteway drew a shooting foul and made two free throws to pull Nebraska within 27-24.

The Huskers kept close on guard Shavon Shields' short jumper in the lane to stay within 33-30 with 2:28 remaining. Nebraska forced a defensive stop and had a chance to get close, but Shields missed a jumper, and Ohio State then responded with its run to close the first half.
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