In winning its first two games on its foreign exhibition trip to Spain in runaway fashion, Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann expressed his hope and belief that the final game of the trip would present a stiffer challenge.
Today at Pavello Esportiu Municipal, located about an hour north of Barcelona, that scenario came to fruition. Trailing 65-64 in the final moments, the Buckeyes got a go-ahead basket from Keyshawn Woods, a free throw from Andre Wesson and one more from Woods and held on for a 68-66 win against the Catalan All-Stars.
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Like he was in game one last Saturday against the Madrid Generals, sophomore center Kaleb Wesson appears to have again been the leading scorer with 20 points. Seven of his points came in the first quarter and included one three-pointer as the Buckeyes trailed, 26-14.
Catalan led 38-31 at the half as Kaleb Wesson had 10 points and C.J. Jackson had nine. Ohio State used a 10-3 run to tie the game at 41 during the third quarter and led, 54-51, after three.
Holtmann went with a starting lineup of Justin Ahrens, Kyle Young, Kaleb Wesson, Jackson and Woods. The Buckeyes started the second half with a lineup of Jackson, Young, Woods and the Wesson brothers.
Ohio State won its first game against the Generals 93-61 and then beat the Valencia All Stars 95-63 on Tuesday. The Buckeyes will return home Saturday.