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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10 Ohio State men’s basketball team picked up an 86-51 victory over Stetson Monday night at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 4-0 on the year while the Hatters fall to 2-2.
The Buckeyes host Purdue Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. Friday at Value City Arena. Tickets are available for purchase online here.
Kyle Young paced Ohio State with his second-career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Kaleb Wesson went for 13 points and eight boards and D.J. Carton scored 10 points and dished out five assists. Eleven Buckeyes scored in the win. Rob Perry led Stetson with 17 points and eight rebounds.
The Buckeye defense was the story of the opening half as Ohio State held a 42-14 lead after 20 minutes. After Ohio State scored the first eight points of the game, a Christiaan Jones 3-pointer got the Hatters on the board at the 16:37 mark of the opening half. The Buckeyes would then go on to score the next 20 points, holding Stetson scoreless over the next 10:40 before a Rob Perry free throw made it 28-4 with 5:57 remaining. Ohio State went on another run, this time a 14-4 spurt, to extend the lead to 42-8 with 1:21 left to play before Jones connected on a pair of 3-pointers late in the half to make it a 28-point game at the break.
Nine Buckeyes scored in the opening 20 minutes, led by Kaleb Wesson with nine points, while Ohio State held the Hatters to 14.3 percent (4-for-28) shooting. Perry paced Stetson with seven points at the half.
The Hatters trimmed their deficit to 45-17 on a Jones 3-pointer less than two minutes into the second half but Ohio State responded, eventually pushing its lead to a game-high 47 points at 77-30 with 8:19 left to play after a 3-pointer from Young and two more from Justin Ahrens. Stetson then closed the contest on a 9-2 run over the final 4:30 for the 35-point Buckeye victory.
Ohio State held its fourth-consecutive opponent to 20 or fewer field goals, limiting the Hatters to 16-for-57 (28.1 percent) from the field for the game. The Buckeyes held a 41-12 advantage in bench points, a 38-10 lead in points in the paint and a 23-11 advantage in points off turnovers. Ohio State blocked a season-high nine shots against the hatters.