Buckeyes Cruise Past Warhawks, Complete Non-League Schedule Unbeaten

By Kyle Rowland on December 27, 2013 at 8:46p
Ross had 15 for the Buckeyes.

There was no holiday hangover for Ohio State. Six days after an imaginable comeback against Notre Dame, the Buckeyes displayed little effects of a letdown. They scored the first 12 points of the game versus Louisiana-Monroe and began the second half on a 15-0 run en route to a resounding 71-31 victory.

Ohio State roared out to a 22-4 lead in the first half that grew to as many as 22 before the Buckeyes settled on a 41-20 halftime advantage. The Warhawks, suffering from APR sanctions, were only playing their eighth game of the season – and the sloppiness showed. No. 3 Ohio State scored 14 points off 17 turnovers and limited ULM to 18.5 percent shooting from the field (10 of 54). It didn’t score in the second half until the 9:50 mark.

“The story of the game was the first five minutes of the first half. We came out and didn’t play hard,” ULM head coach Keith Richard said. “We weren’t running down the floor hard. We didn’t do anything that we worked on or talked about at the shoot-around, the pre-game speech, the whole deal. At the end of the day, the only way to make things happen is by playing hard.”

Lenzelle Smith Jr. continued his torrid stretch, which began in the final minutes at Madison Square Garden, scoring a game-high 17 points. LaQuinton Ross scored 15 points and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle added 14, the fourth time he’s reached double figures in his career. Smith and Ross alone outscored the Warhawks.

The performance from the Buckeye defense is the latest impressive outing in a season’s worth of highlights. Ohio State ranks fifth nationally in scoring defense and 13th in field-goal percentage defense.

“I think we have to be as good as we can every night defensively,” Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said.

The non-conference potion of the schedule is now complete with the Buckeyes sporting a perfect 13-0 record, the fifth time in school history Ohio State’s won its first 13 games. It travels to West Lafayette to play Purdue in the Big Ten opener on New Year’s Eve. The Buckeyes and Wisconsin remain the lone unbeaten teams in the conference.

“We have 18 battles coming up and the war is decided in March,” Matta said. “From the standpoint of the challenges of that lie ahead, it’s what the guys sign up for when they come to Ohio State.”

Ohio State's box score

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cuttyrock's picture

When you win by 40 points the article can be posted almost instantaneously as the game is over. LOL

ATXbucknut's picture

Q, Lenzelle, Amadeo, Lorbach...every player contributed.  About the only thing they didn't do tonight is get Matta involved.

Go1Bucks's picture

great vid!

Go Bucks!

Seattle Linga's picture

Classic Video TX

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Too Funny!  Nice pass by the coach to find the open man so quick!!
Go Bucks!!

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Good game. I emphasize the "good." Should've dropped about 100 on these guys. I think there are still some things we need to figure out on offense and it is hard not knowing who your hot hand is going to be when it is different every game. Great stepping stone and let's be ready for conference play. D will be there so bring the O, boys.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

NitroBuck's picture

Keep in mind that back-up players logged major minutes.  It was a breather game for the starters.

Ferio.  Tego.

Go1Bucks's picture

Damn good write up in lickety split time Kyle!

Go Bucks!

Seattle Linga's picture

I think Kyle started this article a minute after the opening tipoff.

chowoon97's picture

ULM was really bad team. How did KU win the team only by 17 points?

WOLFofOHIO's picture

thad wants MOAR points..

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

DJ Byrnes's picture


Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

ATXbucknut's picture

Did this really happen? 'Cause if so, that explains 11 points on 13% shooting in the 2nd half. Not that the 1st half was much better.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Correct, none of the five starters played in the second half.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Knarcisi's picture

I think not having a big star helps us. You have to love the balance offensively and the effort and performance defensively. Keys as we move to B10 play:
1) Can we maintain consistency scoring the ball?  Do we have a got to guy or multiple scoring options when we need baskets?
2) Shooting.  Since Diebler left, we have struggled to find consistency from the outside. This team to me still shoots too many 3s. Guys as athletic as Thompson, Smith, and Scott  should be looking drive first and shoot later. Not the other way around as I have seen us fall into. 
3) Interior.  Can Amir continue to improve and contribute against some real competition?
Super start for this squad. Matta is defense first, and it's very underrated what he has this team doing defensively. 

Seattle Linga's picture

Great point Knar about Amir - I have said that for the last couple of weeks. 

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Six days after an imaginable comeback against Notre Dame

Your imagination is better than mine Kyle, at about the one minute mark all I could imagine was our first loss.  I know ... hardy har har ... just messin' with you.  Great write up as always.
Yeah, hard to tell much from this game, was kinda the basketball equivalent of the football team's FAMU game.  The bucks did play lock down defense, showed great energy from start to finish, and the free throw percentage was excellent.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

RedStorm45's picture

It was hilarious to see Titus so upset when Lorbach ruined his trillion with a rebound.