December 30, 2017

Ohio State Pulls Away to Beat In-State Rival Miami 72-59

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Dec. 30, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Keita Bates-Diop scored 19 points as Ohio State pulled away in the second half to beat in-state rival Miami 72-59 on Saturday afternoon.

C.J. Jackson added 16 points and Kam Williams had 15 for the Buckeyes, who wrapped up their nonconference schedule.

The Redhawks got within three points of the Buckeyes with six minutes left in the game after a Dalonte Brown layup. But Jackson and Williams responded with back-to-back 3-pointers on the way to a 15-2 run as the Buckeyes opened the gap.

The Buckeyes (11-4, 2-0 Big Ten) have won six of their last seven, with the only loss to No. 5 North Carolina a week ago.

Darian Ringo led the Redhawks (7-6) with 16 points, and Bam Bowman came off the bench to score 15.

The Buckeyes held on to 35-28 lead at the intermission, with Musa Jallow hitting a 3-pointer with 43 seconds left in the half to open up the margin. Both teams shot 38 percent in the half, with Ohio State hitting just 1 of their first 9 attempts from the floor.

UP NEXT

Miami: Plays at Bowling Green on Tuesday.

Ohio State: Plays at Iowa on Thursday.

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