December 22, 2018

Jackson’s Strong Second Half Leads No. 15 Ohio State over UCLA, 80-66


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CHICAGO, Ill. – C.J. Jackson scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half as the No. 15 Ohio State men’s basketball team ran away with an 80-66 win over UCLA in the CBSSports Classic Saturday afternoon at the United Center. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 11-1 on the year while the Bruins fall to 7-5.

Jackson also went for seven rebounds and six assists while Kaleb Wesson went for his second double-double in the last three games with 15 points and 12 boards. Kris Wilkes paced the Bruins with 18 points and seven rebounds while Jaylen Hands chipped in with 13 points and nine assists.

Wilkes poured in nine early points to have UCLA off to an 18-13 lead with 12:29 remaining in the first half but the Buckeyes bounced back behind a strong first half from Wesson to take a 33-30 lead into the break. The sophomore totaled 10 points and six boards over the first 20 minutes and Ohio State forced 12 UCLA turnovers to take the three-point lead into the half.

Ohio State then came out of the break with a 10-4 run over the first 3:27 to push the advantage to 43-34 but the Bruins’ Cody Riley scored the next five to make it 43-39 with 14:30 left to play. The Buckeye lead remained at four at 52-48 with 9:27 remaining but the Buckeyes went on a 19-7 spurt to take a commanding 71-55 lead with 4:19 left to play as Ohio State picked up its fifth-consecutive victory.

Ohio State hosts High Point at noon Dec. 29.