Junior leads four in double figures by tying career best 21 points
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – David Lighty had 21 points to lead No. 17 Ohio State to an 81-68 victory over Jacksonville on Wednesday night.
Ohio State (7-0) led by 19 points early in the second half only to see the lead cut to five with 5 minutes left. Jon Diebler hit his third 3-pointer for the Buckeyes, and the Dolphins never got closer.
The Buckeyes finished 10-of-17 from beyond the arc (59 percent).
Evan Turner scored 17 points, Diebler added 14 and Jeremie Simmons had 10 for the Buckeyes.
Lehmon Colbert had 14 points for the Dolphins (2-6), while Evan Jefferson added 12.
Diebler, Lighty and Simmons hits 3s in the opening 3 minutes of the second half to build a 56-37 lead. The Dolphins got within 67-61 with 6:46 remaining after Jefferson made consecutive 3-pointers.
After a jumper by Lighty, Jacksonville’s Brian Gilbert made it 69-64 with a 3-pointer.