Marcus Carr‘s 3-pointer with three seconds left in the game secured the season’s first Big Ten road win for Minnesota and had slumping Ohio State continuing to search for answers. Carr, who made 3-of-5 from distance, drained the long shot on the possession after Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson missed a wide open 3 to give the Golden Gophers a 62-59 win on Thursday night, their first in Columbus in 15 years.
Ohio State (12-7, 2-6) is going in the wrong direction. The Buckeyes have lost two in a row and five of the last six since Dec. 29. They climbed up to No. 2 in the AP Top 25 before the bottom dropped out. Now the season seems to be circling the drain.
“I think we in some ways took a step forward, but right now we’re just not good enough in enough areas to win in this league,” coach Chris Holtmann said.
Kyle Young led Ohio State with 14 points, including a pair of critical baskets down the stretch. Duane Washington Jr. had 12, CJ Walker had 11, and Wesson had 14 rebounds but only two points. Wesson came into the game as Ohio State’s leading scorer but was neutralized by Minnesota’s big man Daniel Oturu.