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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kaleb Wesson scored 26 of his career-high 31 points after halftime as the No. 15 Ohio State men’s basketball team picked up a 75-56 win over Youngstown State Tuesday night at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes move to 10-1 on the year while the Penguins drop to 4-9.
Wesson led all scorers and added seven rebounds in the contest while Luther Muhammad and C.J. Jackson, who also totaled seven rebounds and seven assists, poured in 11 points. Darius Quisenberry led the Penguins with 17 points while Naz Bohannon added 11.
The Buckeyes opened the contest with a sluggish start, trailing 9-0 after missing their first seven shots from the field before a Wesson layup at the 15:18 mark. Youngstown State pushed its lead up to 12 at 14-2 after a Jelani Simmons 3-pointer with 13:52 left to play before the Buckeyes, who missed their first 10 3-pointers of the game, trimmed the Penguin lead to 25-22 on a C.J. Jackson 3-pointer just before the break.
Jackson and Wesson led Ohio State with five points at the half while Quisenberry paced Youngstown State with eight points. Neither team shot the ball well over the first 20 minutes, with the Buckeyes going 7-for-29 (24.1%) from the field and the Penguins shooting 11-for-33 (33.3%) from the field.
Ohio State came out of the break strong with a Wesson 3-point play at the 17:53 mark kick-starting a 19-5 run in which the sophomore scored 11 points over the next 5:15 to put the Buckeyes up 43-32 with 12:38 remaining. The Buckeyes then cruised the rest of the way to pick up their fourth-consecutive win.
After the break, Ohio State connected on 19 of 27 shots (70.4%) and held a 40-20 advantage in points in the paint for the game.
Ohio State travels to Chicago to face UCLA in the CBSSports Classic at 3 p.m. ET Saturday at the United Center.