It seemed like everything D'Angelo Russell was throwing up toward the basket was going in and Shannon Scott was helping him every step of the way.
The freshman from Louisville played the best game of his short career Sunday night, scoring 32 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out five assists as Ohio State routed Sacred Heart, 106-48.
Scott dished out 16 assists to set a new school record and Sam Thompson, Marc Loving, Jae'Sean Tate, Keita Bates-Diop and Scott all reached double-figures for the Buckeyes.
Russell connected on 12 of 21 shots from the floor and was 4 for 8 from 3-point range, including a stretch of three straight triples in the second half. Russell had 17 points at halftime as the Buckeyes led, 52-27.
Playing without starting center Amir Williams, who sat out due to a sore right knee, Ohio State outscored the Pioneers 56-18 in the paint and held a 47-39 advantage on the glass.
Ohio State has a pair of upcoming games sandwiched around Thanksgiving. The Buckeyes will take on Campbell on Wednesday and host James Madison on Friday afternoon.
|OHIO STATE||STAT||SACRED HEART|
|41-72 (56.9)||FGM-FGA (PCT.)||17-67 (25.4)|
|10-23 (43.5)||3PM-3PA (PCT.)||6-24 (25.0)|
|14-18 (77.8)||FTM-FTA (PCT.)||8-12 (75.0)|
|29||PTS OFF TURNOVERS||2|
|56||POINTS IN PAINT||18|
- Six players scored in double figures for the Buckeyes: D’Angelo Russell (32), Jae’Sean Tate (12), Sam Thompson (12), Shannon Scott (11), Keita Bates-Diop (11), Marc Loving (10). The last time Ohio State had six players in double figures was vs. Purdue Jan. 25, 2011.
- The Buckeyes totaled 106 points in the game. The last time Ohio State scored 100 or more points in a game was 107 vs. Virginia Military Institute Nov. 23, 2011.
- The Buckeyes scored 52 first-half points. The last time Ohio State had 50 points or more at halftime was vs. UNC Asheville Dec. 15, 2012. The last time Ohio State scored 50 points or more in either half was 51 in the second half vs. North Florida Nov. 29, 2013. (11/29/13).
Ohio State is 112-6 all-time vs. non-conference opponents at Value City Arena and is 96-1 in the last 97 games. The last loss was Dec. 27, 2008 vs. West Virginia.
Ohio State has won 51 consecutive games at home vs. unranked non-conference opponents.
Since the 2009-10 season, the Buckeyes have earned the most home wins in the nation since 2010 with an 91-8 (.919) record.
The Buckeye defense held the Pioneers to 25 percent from the floor. The last time Ohio State held an opponent under 30 percent shooting was .283 (15-53) at Illinois Feb. 15, 2014. Sacred Heart did not convert a two-point field goal until 6:41 left in the first half.
Ohio State collected 29 points off Sacred Heart’s 21 turnovers.
Ohio State collected 56 points in the paint, while the Buckeye bench recorded 35 points.
The Buckeyes recorded nine steals and eight blocks vs. the Pioneers.