COLUMBUS, Ohio – All 11 Buckeyes who played scored at least two points and Ohio State used a strong defensive effort in the second half to blow past IUPUI 83-37 on Tuesday night at Value City Arena.
The win keeps the Buckeyes undefeated at home and bumps their record to 12-4 overall.
Eugene Brown III led the way with a career-high 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Jimmy Sotos also came off the bench and played well as he notched season-highs with seven points and nine assists.
Junior E.J. Liddell played just over 25 minutes and was efficient with his time. He recorded his third double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He also had three assists.
Guard Cedric Russell heated-up in the second half and finished 4-of-5 from long range to tie his season-high with 12 points. Zed Key and Kyle Young both finished with nine points down low.
The first half was a bit sluggish for the Buckeyes on both ends of the floor and they led just 37-24 at the break. But they limited IUPUI to just 4-of-21 shooting (19 percent) in the second half and the Jaguars only scored 13 points. In turn, Ohio State shot 66.7 percent (16-of-24) and scored 46 points in the second 20 minutes.
The Buckeyes finished the game on a 19-0 run and held IUPUI scoreless in the final 6:54.
The Buckeyes get back to Big Ten play on Saturday by welcoming Nebraska to town for a 2:15 p.m. tip. BTN will have the television coverage. Ohio State won the first matchup this year, beating the Cornhuskers 87-79 in overtime on Jan. 2.