Dec. 08, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Marc Loving had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Ohio State beat Air Force 74-50 on Tuesday night.
The Buckeyes (4-4) never trailed while picking up their second consecutive win. They had lost four straight before beating VMI 89-62 on Dec 5.
Ohio State outscored the Falcons 24-5 over the last 13:19 of the first half, including a scoreless stretch of 6:44 until CJ Siples’ put-back with 3.1 left.
To show what kind of first half it was for Air Force, Loving answered with a running 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer, giving the Buckeyes a 37-16 halftime lead.
Air Force scored the first four points of the second half, but the Falcons did not get closer than 17 points the rest of the way.
The Buckeyes shot 47 percent from the floor in the first half while holding the Falcons to 22 percent.
Ohio State dominated in the paint, outscoring the Falcons 24-6 in the first half and 38-18 for the game.
The Buckeyes improved to 10-7 against teams currently in the Mountain West.
Air Force: The Falcons fell to 0-3 against Big Ten members since joining the Mountain West Conference in 1999. They lost to Illinois in the 2006 NCAA tournament, and at Iowa in 2004.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes outshot their opponent for the eighth time in as many games, making 47.4 percent while holding Air Force to 33.3.
Air Force hosts Army on Saturday.
Ohio State plays at Connecticut on Saturday.