Behind a balanced and steady attack, Ohio State sprinted past Marquette, 74-63, on Tuesday night at the Schottenstein Center.
The Buckeyes shot a scorching 65 percent from the field and buried eight three-pointers on a night that saw a bevy of players find their stride on offense as five players scored at least eight points.
Redshirt freshman guard Kam Williams led the way with 15 points. Senior center Amir Williams added 12, senior forward Sam Thompson and sophomore forward Marc Loving had 10, and senior guard Shannon Scott chipped in eight points.
Despite 18 turnovers that undercut an otherwise dominant performance, Ohio State — which led by as many as 20 points — found itself very much in control for much of the contest.
After turning the ball over four times in the first five minutes of the game, the Buckeyes used a critical 7-0 run to build a 12-point cushion late in the first half.
And thanks to a 70-percent shooting display in the second half, a Marquette team that struggled to gain any momentum throughout the evening wouldn’t seriously threaten again.
Ohio State plays Sacred Heart Sunday at 7 p.m.
|32-49 (65.3)||FGM-FGA (PCT.)||23-50 (46.0)|
|8-15 (53.3)||3PM-3PA (PCT.)||8-23 (34.8)|
|2-4 (50.0)||FTM-FTA (PCT.)||9-13 (69.2)|
|20||PTS OFF TURNOVERS||13|
|42||POINTS IN PAINT||30|
- Ohio State now leads the all-time series with Marquette, 7-4.
- The Buckeyes are now 64-29 against teams from the Big East.
- Four players scored in double-figures for Ohio State for the second time this season.
- Ohio State's 65.3 percent from the field gives it 60-plus percent from the floor in back-to-back games since 2009.
- Of the 10 Buckeyes who saw action tonight, all 10 scored and saw 10 minutes or more. This is the second time this year that's happened.
- Ohio State had a season-high 42 points in the paint.
- Since the 2009-10 season, Ohio State has earned the most home wins in the nation with 90.
- Scott's 14 assists were only one behind Aaron Craft for the most in Ohio State single-game history.
- Kam Williams' 15 points off the bench were a career high for the redshirt freshman.
- Marc Loving and Sam Thompson both reached double figures for the second-straight games as each scored 10 points against Marquette.