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.
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.
Miami: Plays at Bowling Green on Tuesday.
Ohio State: Plays at Iowa on Thursday.
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