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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 16 Ohio State men’s basketball team raced out to an early 16-point lead and never looked back on its way to a 76-51 win over No. 10 Villanova in a Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup Wednesday night at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 3-0 on the year while the Wildcats drop to 1-1.
The Buckeyes host Stetson at 8:30 p.m. Monday at Value City Arena. Tickets are available for purchase online here.
Duane Washington Jr. led five Buckeyes in double figures with 14 points to go along with five rebounds while Luther Muhammad added 11 points and D.J. Carton went for 11 points, five boards and five assists. Kaleb Wesson recorded his second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds while CJ Walker scored 10 points and dished out a game-high seven assists.
Jermaine Samuels led Villanova with 14 points while Cole Swider added 11 and Collin Gillespie scored 10.
The Ohio State onslaught started early as the Buckeyes connected on their first six shots, including three 3-pointers from Washington Jr. and another from Walker, to take a 19-3 lead after an E.J. Liddell layup at the 15:41 mark of the opening half. The Buckeyes held a 21-7 lead with 14:16 left to play, then held Villanova to two for its next 18 from the field in building a 40-13 lead with 2:26 remaining before halftime. However, the Wildcats scored the final nine points of the half on three Gillspie layups and a 3-pointer from Swider to trim the Ohio State advantage to 40-22 at the break.
Ohio State, which shot 53.6 percent (15-for-28) from the field in the first 20 minutes, was led offensively by Washington Jr. with 11 points and Walker with 10 points and four assists. Gillespie paced the Wildcats, who were 8-for-30 from the field (26.7 percent) in the opening half, with seven points.
Villanova had the deficit at 19 at 49-30 at the 14:40 mark of the second half but the Buckeyes went on a 13-2 spurt, including six from Carton, over the next 5:06 to put the game out of reach at 62-32 with 8:34 left to play. The Wildcats would come no closer than 21 the rest of the way as Ohio State remained perfect on the year.
The Buckeyes shot 68.2 percent (15-for-22) from the field in the second half on their way to 60 percent (30-for-50) for the game and went 9-for-16 (56.3 percent) from 3-point range. Ohio State limited the Wildcats to just 19-for-62 (30.6 percent) from the field, held a 36-18 advantage in points in the paint, a 15-5 edge in points off turnovers and a 23-11 lead in bench points.