WINDSOR, Ontario-Ohio State improved to 2-0 on its three-game exhibition schedule in Canada with an 89-47 victory over the University of Windsor Saturday.
William Buford and Walter Offutt provided the offense with 16 and 14 points respectively. Buford, a sophomore from Toledo, connected on 7 of 12 shots from the field while Offutt, a sophomore from Indianapolis, made 4 of 7 shots, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range.
Jon Diebler led the Buckeyes with seven assists and was one of three Buckeyes with nine points, along with Dallas Lauderdale and P.J. Hill.
Evan Turner, the top scorer in the Big Ten last year, tallied 11 points, seven rebounds a four assists. He started the game at point guard after playing all of last year at the off guard spot.
The Buckeyes led 47-25 at the half behind Offutt’s 10 points and William Buford’s eight. Ohio State shot 56 percent from the field (19-34) and had assists on 11 of those baskets over the first two quarters. Offutt connected on all three first-half shots, including a pair of 3s.
Balance offensively was the story in the early going with 24 of 47 first half points credited to the Ohio State bench. The reserves scored 38 points for the game.
Ohio State will take Sunday off from competition and practice to attend a Detroit Tigers game. The squad will have a team dinner in Detroit before returning to Canada for the final day of the trip.
The Buckeyes face the University of Western Ontario at noon Monday and return to Columbus immediately after game.
Ohio State officially begins practice for the 2009-10 season Oct. 16. The Buckeyes open the season Nov. 9 in Columbus vs. Alcorn State.