An uneven first half that featuring spotty Ohio State ball handling and porous Notre Dame shooting has the Buckeyes leading 33-26 as the teams enter halftime.
The Buckeye offense went through center Amir Williams in the early going. Entering the game averaging 10.1 per contest, the junior scored Ohio State's first five points. Leading only 5-4 at the first media timeout, Ohio State tried to break away from the Irish, expanding its lead to 13-6, powered by back-to-back three-pointers from junior guard Shannon Scott.
But the Buckeyes were unable to shake the cold shooting, as Notre Dame cut the deficit to one point, 13-12, midway through the opening half. Where Ohio State was unable to find the offensive spark, the D kept the Irish in check, forcing the Irish into difficult shots and 11-of-32, 34%,shooting.
Point guard Aaron Craft provided the crowd at the famous arena with an awe-inspiring moment. The senior stripped Notre Dame forward Pat Connaughton under the Irish basket, raced down court, received a pass at behind the Ohio State three-point line, drove for a layup that drew a foul and completed the three-point play.
Williams leads Ohio State with nine points. Junior LaQuinton Ross added seven points and four rebounds while Scott chipped in six points with three assists.
Committing only 15 fouls-per-game, third fewest in the nation, Ohio State enters the second half with only Trey McDonald in foul trouble with a pair, as they look to secure win 12 in game 12.