OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska capitalized on the Buckeyes’ cold shooting late in Monday night’s game for a 68-62 upset that sent them to their fourth straight loss.
“It’s like there’s this black cloud over us,” point guard Aaron Craft said. “We have to find a way to get it off.”
Ohio State overcame a 14-point first-half deficit and led 46-45 after LaQuinton Ross scored with 5:56 to play. But the Buckeyes missed six of their next seven shots and committed four turnovers the rest of the way.
The Buckeyes (15-4, 2-4 Big Ten) have lost four straight for the first time since 2007-08.
“When something doesn’t go well, we’re not able to answer the call,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “We don’t have the mental toughness to make the next play. We’re clinging on the mistakes. We’ve got to play forward.”
Ohio State got back into the game by outscoring the Huskers 18-2 over halftime, tying it and taking a 38-36 lead on layups by Craft.
“We’re not the same team that won 15 in a row,” Craft said. “We have to go back and find that.”
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