Buckeyes forward Jae'Sean Tate (1) steals from North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs guard Drew Rackley (33) while North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs forward Malik Smith (22) gives chase during the first half at Value City Arena. Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Buckeyes center Trevor Thompson (32) drives by North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs forward Malik Smith (22) during the first half at Value City Arena. Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Buckeyes center Trevor Thompson (sitting) before the game against the North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs at Value City Arena. Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Buckeyes forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) dunks against the North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs during the first half at Value City Arena. Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Buckeyes forward Marc Loving (2) fights for the rebound with North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs guard Kevin Vannatta (10) during the first half at Value City Arena. Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs guard Kevin Vannatta (top) dives for the loose ball with Buckeyes guard Kam Williams (15) during the first half at Value City Arena. Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta with a cold stare for the referee after calling a technical on Ohio State Buckeyes forward Marc Loving (2) during the second half against the North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs at Value City Arena. Ohio State Buckeyes won 79-77. Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Buckeyes forward Jae'Sean Tate (1) and Buckeyes guard Kam Williams (15) celebrate the narrow win against the North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs at Value City Arena. Ohio State Buckeyes won 79-77. Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Buckeyes forward Marc Loving (2) goes for the layup past North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs guard Kevin Vannatta (10) during the second half at Value City Arena. Ohio State Buckeyes won 79-77. Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Buckeyes forward Marc Loving (2) for two during the second half against the North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs at Value City Arena. Ohio State Buckeyes won 79-77. Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports