WINDSOR, Ontario-P.J. Hill, a senior from Minneapolis, lead Ohio State with 18 points in Ohio State’s 90-39 victory over the University of Windsor Friday at the Denis Centre.
Hill did the most damage in the third and fourth quarters, hitting 7 o 9 shots from the field and all four 3-point attempts. He also added four assists in 20 minutes without a turnover.
Evan Turner led the Buckeyes with 6 assists, all in the first half. Ohio State finished the second quarter on an 18-0 run to take a 48-23 lead behind Turner’s 13 points. He made his first start at point guard after playing the No. 2 guard spot his first two seasons.
Turner, who led the Buckeyes and the Big Ten in scoring last year with 17.3 points a game, also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds vs. the Lancers. Turner also led his teammates in rebounding last year.
The game was one of three the Buckeyes are playing in Windsor as part of a summer foreign trip.
The Buckeyes shot 64 percent from the field (21-33) over the first 20 minutes. For the game, Ohio State connected on 60 percent of its shots from the field (38-63) and recorded 24 assists.
David Lighty returned to the Ohio State lineup after missing the majority of the 2008-09 season with a broken foot. He started the game and scored 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the field.
The only player making his Ohio State debut Friday was transfer Zisis Sarikopoulos, a sophomore center from Greece. He transferred from Alabama-Birmingham after the 2007-08 season. In his first action as a Buckeye, he grabbed seven rebounds and scored five points.
Ohio State and the Lancers will play again at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Denis Centre. The final game of the Canada trip will be held at noon Monday vs. the University of Western Ontario.
The Buckeyes begin the official start of practice for the 2009-10 season Oct. 16. Ohio State opens the season Nov. 9 in Columbus vs. Alcorn State.