Nov. 6, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team shot 54 percent from the field on its way to an 85-67 win over Walsh in an exhibition matchup Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena.
JaQuan Lyle led the Buckeyes with 14 points while Kam Williams added 13, Keita Bates-Diop scored 12 and Jae’Sean Tate tacked on 10. Lyle and Andre Wesson pulled down a team-high six boards while transfer C.J. Jackson handed out six assists.
With the game tied at 18 with 7:58 left in the first half, the Buckeyes went on an 8-0 run over the next 1:10 to push the lead to 26-18 before holding a 40-32 lead at the break. Ohio State shot 52 percent from the field and converted 5 of 10 attempts from beyond the arc over the first 20 minutes. Lyle paced the Buckeyes with 12 points and six boards in the first half.
Walsh cut the Buckeye advantage to 48-41 with 15:48 remaining in the second half but the Buckeyes used a 16-3 run over the next 5:21 capped by a Williams fastbreak dunk to push the lead to 64-44 and put the game out of reach.
The Buckeyes open the regular season at Navy in the Veterans Classic at 9 p.m. Friday on CBS Sports Network.
– Four Buckeyes scored in double digits including JaQuan Lyle (14), Kam Williams (13), Jae’Sean Tate (10) and Keita Bates-Diop (12)
– Ohio State freshmen Andre Wesson, Derek Funderburk and Micah Potter and sophomore transfer C.J. Jackson in their first appearances contributed a combined 15 in the win.
Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On shooting 54 percent from the field
“We have to be a share of the basketball type of team. Every time we had good ball movement, good things happened.”
On transition offense
“I think with this basketball team, putting a threat on the defense is advantageous for us in terms of scoring opportunities and ball movement. When we ran the floor the way we wanted to run the floor, really good things happened for us.”
Micah Potter, Ohio State freshman center
On starting his first college game
“Playing here at Ohio State is a dream come true. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been an Ohio State fan. To be able to start here is huge. It’s been a dream.”
On being vocal
“Coming in, the biggest thing Coach Matta talked about was having energy. My big thing is bringing energy, whether it’s vocally, playing hard, diving on the ground, whatever I have to do to make our team better.”
C.J. Jackson, Ohio State sophomore guard
Getting adjusted to playing under control in the Big Ten
“There was a big difference in the beginning, but my teammates have confidence in me. I continue to try and learn something new and grow every day.”