It took most of the first half to come alive offensively, but the Buckeyes cruised to a 82-64 win over High Point on Saturday afternoon to improve to 12-1 on the season.
|#13 OHIO STATE (12-1)||37||45||82|
|HIGH POINT (6-7)||28||36||64|
Luther Muhammad led the way early, scoring nine of Ohio State's first 14 points – including back-to-back three-pointers – to give Ohio State a quick 14-6 lead. But High Point punched back with a 14-2, seven-minute run to take a 20-16 lead.
The lead was short-lived. The Buckeyes responded with a 19-2 run of their own and took a 37-28 lead into halftime.
|OHIO STATE||STAT||HIGH POINT|
|30-54 (56%)||FGM-FGA (PCT.)||24-54 (44%)|
|11-25 (44%)||3PM-3PA (PCT.)||4-13 (31%)|
|11-22 (50%)||FTM-FTA (PCT.)||12-16 (75%)|
The second half was all Ohio State. C.J. Jackson and Kaleb Wesson led the way, combining for 25 second-half points to bury the Panthers and the Buckeyes cruised to an 82-64 victory.
It was a balanced offensive attack for Ohio State as four players reached double digits. Muhammad finished with 15 points – 14 of which came in the first half – while Jackson led the way with 20 points. Kaleb Wesson finished with 17 while Andre Wesson had 10.
Andre Wesson flirted with a double-double on the day, finishing with nine rebounds.
While the Buckeyes were efficient scoring, they struggled on the boards and at the free-throw line. Ohio State shot a lackluster 11-for-22 from the free-throw line and lost the rebounding battle 36-27, allowing 10 offensive rebounds.
With the win, Ohio State improves to 12-1 on the season while High Point falls to 6-7. The Buckeyes now have a week off before a top-15 showdown with No. 8 Michigan State on Saturday.