On a day when 17th-ranked Michigan fell at home to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Ohio State avoided a similar result with a closer-than-expected 70-50 win over Colgate on Saturday afternoon.
The Buckeyes never trailed, despite shooting just 35 percent from the field in the first half and 4 for 13 from 3-point range.
Ohio State (6-1) was led by freshman guard D'Angelo Russell and sophomore forward Marc Loving. Russell finished with a game-high 19 points, with four rebounds and four assists, while Loving added 17 points, five boards and three dimes. Senior center Amir Williams chipped in eight points and eight rebounds.
The 14th-ranked Buckeyes jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead, but allowed the Raiders to hang around. Loving was the only player who could find any consistency on offense as the Toledo native poured in 12 first-half points of 3-of-4 shooting.
Ohio State's lead was just 23-19 late in the first half before the Buckeyes closed on an 8-2 run highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers from Loving and Russell. An 11-point Ohio State lead stretched to 20 late in the second half behind another pair of 3s, this time by Loving and Kam Williams.
The Buckeyes finished the game shooting 47 percent from the floor and were 9 for 22 from downtown.
Ohio State will next be in action 7 p.m. Wednesday when it hosts High Point.