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No. 11 Ohio State holds off Nebraska

Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) - Lenzelle Smith had 21 points in No. 11 Ohio State's 63-56 win over Nebraska.

Deshaun Thomas added 15 points and five rebounds, while Aaron Craft contributed 14 points, six assists and six boards for the Buckeyes (17-4, 7-2 Big Ten), who have won four in a row.

David Rivers tallied 13 points and six rebounds to lead Nebraska (11-12, 2-8), which has dropped eight of its last 10 contests.

Ohio State's margin reached its apex at 15 midway through the second half after Craft sunk two free throws for a 53-38 lead.

Nebraska fought back and went on a 15-5 run to get within 58-53 with 2:40 left. Rivers had six points during the surge and capped it with two free throws.

Brandon Ubel and Andre Almeida missed jumpers before Ubel misfired on a 3- pointer on Nebraska's ensuing touch, which could've brought the Cornhuskers within two with a little over a minute remaining. But Craft and Smith hit four straight foul shots to put the Buckeyes ahead, 62-53, with 25 seconds to go and put the game away.

Ohio State jumped out to an 11-3 lead before Nebraska countered with a 16-6 run to take a 19-17 advantage with 6:42 left in the opening half.

The Buckeyes, though, answered with an 11-0 flurry to seize control of the contest. Thomas and Craft registered three-point plays during the surge, which was capped on LaQuinton Ross' 3-pointer to give Ohio State a 30-19 cushion before heading into the break with a 32-23 edge.

Game Notes

The Buckeyes won their seventh straight game against Nebraska ... Ohio State travels to No. 1 Michigan on Tuesday ... Ohio State went 23-of-28 from the foul line, while the Huskers finished just 4-of-5.

02/03 00:43:56 ET