Ohio State wasted no time with visiting Grambling on Tuesday night, routing the Tigers 82-55 at the Schottenstein Center.
The Buckeyes shot a blistering 59 percent from the field and were 9 for 25 from 3-point range while holding the Tigers to just 35 percent shooting. Ohio State used a 14-0 first-half run to build a 24-point halftime advantage.
Leading the way for the Buckeyes was sophomore guard Kam Williams, who scored a game-high 22 points including a trio of 3-pointers. Keita Bates-Diop and Marc Loving also both reached double-figures for Ohio State scoring 14 points apiece.
|30-51 (59)||FGM-FGA (PCT.)||17-49 (35)|
|9-25 (36)||3PM-3PA (PCT.)||6-16 (38)|
|13-26 (50)||FTM-FTA (PCT.)||15-20 (75)|
The Buckeyes did struggle at the free-throw line, shooting just 13 for 26 as a team, and committed 17 turnovers.
Ohio State put all three in double figures in the first half as they led 44-20 at the break. Bates-Diop led all scorers in the first 20 minutes with 12 points while Loving and Williams each had 10.
Ohio State hit 5 of its first 7 3-point attempts, but finished the first half just 5 for 14 from behind the arc. The Buckeyes shot 53.6 percent from the field and forced 13 Grambling turnovers, but committed eight first-half turnovers of their own.
Ohio State will next be in action Friday as it hosts Texas-Arlington at 7 p.m.