Cal Falls to Ohio State, 76-70

Nov. 20, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - Evan Turner had 26 points and 14 rebounds, his fourth double-double in as many games, and No. 15 Ohio State beat No. 13 California 76-70 on Friday night in the third-place game of the 2K Sports Classic.

The Buckeyes (3-1) went through an opposite experience from their 77-73 loss to No. 6 North Carolina in the semifinals of the tournament that benefits Coaches vs. Cancer.

Ohio State trailed by 19 points in the second half against the Tar Heels and was able to finally start hitting from long range and get within two in the final seconds.

Against the Golden Bears (2-2), the Buckeyes used a 21-3 run spanning halftime to take a 52-28 lead with 15:40 to play. California answered right away with a 17-4 run - two of Ohio State's points came on a technical foul against Cal coach Mike Montgomery - to get within single digits with 11:28 to go.

The Bears took advantage of Ohio State suddenly having trouble taking care of the ball to get within 63-57 with 5:09 left, but Turner, who had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 turnovers against North Carolina, scored eight of the Buckeyes' next 10 points.

Jon Diebler added 14 points for Ohio State and Dallas Lauderdale had eight points and seven blocked shots.

Jerome Randle had 26 points for California, one more than he had in the 95-73 loss to Syracuse in the semifinals. He was 6 of 12 from 3-point range.

Turner, who opened the season with a triple-double against Alcorn State, had six assists and four turnovers.

The Buckeyes led 38-25 at halftime behind a long-range shooting performance that was a world away from the first half against North Carolina.

Against the Tar Heels the Buckeyes missed their first nine 3-point attempts and North Carolina took advantage to build a 14-point halftime lead. Ohio State finally started hitting from the outside late before running out of time.

Against the Golden Bears, Ohio State made five of 11 3-point attempts and was able to close the half with a 7-0 run - started with a 3 by William Buford - for the 13-point lead.

Randle hit a 3 to open the second half but the Buckeyes went on a 14-0 run as the Bears missed eight straight shots.

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