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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six Buckeyes scored in double figures as the Ohio State men’s basketball team opened Big Ten play with a 79-59 win over Minnesota Sunday night at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes move to 7-1 on the year while the Golden Gophers drop to 6-2.
Nice bounce-back win. VERY nice way to open B1G play this season! 👍
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) December 3, 2018
What They’re Saying – Richard Pitino, Minnesota head coach
On the Buckeyes’ physicality
“Credit to Ohio State. They were the way more physical team and I’m not complaining about refs. They were the most physical team, imposing their will on us. Absolutely obliterating us on the backboard at the beginning of the game. It set the tone for us.”
– Ohio State improves to 87-57 against Minnesota all-time and has defeated the Golden Gophers in seven of its last eight matchups. The game marked the opening of Ohio State’s 107th season in the Big Ten. The team is now 72-33 in Big Ten home openers and 40-20 when opening conference play at home.
– The win over Minnesota puts the Buckeyes’ all-time Big Ten record at 818-717.
– C.J. Jackson (11), Musa Jallow (11), Duane Washington Jr. (10), Andre Wesson (16), Kaleb Wesson (15) and Kyle Young (10) all scored in double figures. The last time the team had six players score in double figures was vs. Marshall (11/25/16).
– The Buckeyes did not give up a single 3-pointer in the contest. The Golden Gophers finished 0-for-13 from 3-point range. The last time the team kept an opponent to zero 3-pointers was when Lamar went 0-for-12 (12/20/11). The last time Ohio State held a Big Ten opponent to zero 3-pointers was when Michigan went 0-for-10 (3/3/92).
– Chris Holtmann is now 16-3 in conference play at the helm of the Buckeyes. Holtmann improves to 20-9 when facing conference opponents as a head coach. The victory marked Holtmann’s second win over Minnesota as a head coach. He is 2-0 when coaching against the Golden Gophers.
– Andre Wesson scored a team-high 16 points in the contest, a career-high mark for the junior.
– Wesson added four rebounds and dished out two assists.
– Musa Jallow recorded a season-high 11 points for the Buckeyes. He went 4-for-4 from the field with one 3-point field goal.
– Kyle Young recorded his 100th point in the win over Minnesota. He recorded 10 points in the contest and now has 107 career points.
– Young grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. He added three assists, two steals and one block for the Buckeyes.