Ohio State Blasts the Providence Storm As Bonding Trip to Bahamas Nears End

By Patrick Maks on August 8, 2014 at 8:46p

As a vacation doubling as a bonding experience in the Bahamas comes to an end, the Ohio State basketball team dismantled the Providence Storm, 115-63, Friday night in Nassau. 

Sophomore forward Marc Loving led the way with 19 points and freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop had 18. Senior forward Sam Thompson added 17.   

The Buckeyes shot 58 percent from the floor and out-rebounded their overmatched adversary, 53-26. The game was out of reach, and then some, by halftime:

While the exhibition game, which like last night's blowout win against the Bahamas All-Stars, means nothing for coach Thad Matta and Co. in respect to their upcoming season, it does provide a brief, premature glimpse of a team that says last year was "unacceptable." 

Ohio State finished 25-10 after bowing out against Dayton in the first round of the NCAA tournament in March – its earliest exit from the Big Dance since 2009. 

The goal, of course, is to go further next season. But the Buckeyes will need to find a way to replace leading scorer LaQuinton Ross and program stalwarts in Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Aaron Craft. 

The early candidates to lead that charge are Thompson, senior guard Shannon Scott, sophomore forward Marc Loving, redshirt freshman guard Kam Williams and center Amir Williams. This was the team's starting lineup Friday night, according to team spokesman Dan Wallenberg: 

Ohio State also added Anthony Lee, a senior transfer from Temple, and Trevor Thompson, a sophomore transfer from Virginia Tech, to help its efforts under the rim. A freshman class that's been touted as one of the nation's best with Bates-Diop, D'Angelo Russell, Jae'Sean Tate and David Bell will should give the Buckeyes depth, too. 

Russell, who some have pegged to contribute immediately, did not play Friday: 

Ohio State outscored the Storm, 60-36, in points in the paint and connected on 7-of-15 tries from 3-point range. The Buckeyes turned the ball over 17 times, though.

The team will return to Columbus this weekend. Kam Williams thanks your for your fandom: 


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Knarcisi's picture

"Yeah, Slam, seriously."

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MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

KBD's looking like a stud raking in those points.  Off the bench no less.

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Knarcisi's picture

We have a lot of guys that will play in the smaller part of the lineup, but Thad better find some time for KBD early and often. 

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My2Sons's picture

Do you guys ever listen to yourselves?  '...but Thad better find some time for KBD early and often.'.  You're got a 1st name thing with good ol Thad?  Did you stand in front of the mirror when you let everyone know what Thad better do?

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Knarcisi's picture

You certainly don't have any room to talk by the looks of the history of your comments on here. 

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Amir & Trey McDonald both started? Interesting.

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rosycheeks's picture

Also, ewwww. But seriously, can you imagine?

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305Buck's picture

Replacing Ross and Smith will be fairly easy, they weren't world beaters by any means. Russell, Lee, KBD, and Williams will more than make up for the loss of those two. Hopefully Scott can make us not miss Craft's defense and energy on the court.

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thePhilipJFry's picture

Ross used 28% of possessions last season in B1G play and had an offensive rating of 114.6.  He was also one of the two best rebounders that Ohio State had.  It is an enormous hole.  Offensively you get a lot of addition by subtraction with Craft and Smith out. Trying to fill the offensive void left by those three players combined is certainly easier to accomplish than trying replace Ross with just one guy.  That still leaves his rebounding to make up though.


Aesculus.'s picture

"Ohio State finished finished 25-10 after bowing out"

This isn't Michigan State buddy.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

I am really excited to see this team on the court. I have no doubts that points will come easier and from more options. Let's not forget that we've enjoyed an enormous amount of success with the "old way", though, and that a transition will have some bumps. KBD looks like the real deal, though.

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Jbuckham94's picture

I wish there was more coverage of this game. With Russel not playing, Scott obviously had to play more minutes than intended, as Thad kept everyone around 20 minutes last game. The question is, when Scott was out who ran the point? Point guard certainly is low in terms of depth, and I could imagine losing a game or two because Scott and Russell run into foul trouble and there isn't a defined #3 ballhandler.

Class of 2016. Go Bucks!

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GreatLakesMike's picture

My guess is Kam Williams backed up the point last night. 

wyatt's picture

Nice to have a school to say "let's go to the Bahamas for some games". 

BSTP DeCon's picture

Scored 115 points AND turned the ball over 17 times?! Not too shabby, beloved Buckeyes. Not too shabby.

Fuzzbuck's picture

Sounds like it might be hard to keep KBD out of starting lineup. Nice numbers for Tate yesterday- as he's been re-habing that shoulder. 17 turnovers not good but given the competition I imagine the game turned into "barn ball". I am ready for the season to start but Urban hasn't even ran his team out there yet! Keep the roundball info coming- can't get enough.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

I would have to say that this was a better result than the Hoosiers and Canada.

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