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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18 Ohio State men’s basketball team defeated UMass Lowell, 76-56, Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 2-0 on the year while the River Hawks drop to 1-2.
The Buckeyes continue their homestand when they host No. 10 Villanova at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Value City Arena. Tickets are available for purchase online here.
Kaleb Wesson led five Buckeyes in double figures with his seventh career double-double, going for 13 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. D.J. Carton added 13 points and four assists while Luther Muhammad poured in 11. Obadiah Noel led UMass Lowell with 15 points while Connor Withers came off the bench to tally a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards.
UMass Lowell scored the first six points of the game but the Buckeyes responded to score the next seven, taking a 7-6 lead on a Muhammad layup with 15:43 to play in the opening half. A Christian Lutete layup gave the River Hawks a 10-9 advantage with 14:30 remaining but Alonzo Gaffney responded with a 3-pointer for the Buckeyes, who connected on 10 of their 18 shots from the field the rest of the half to take a 38-25 lead into the break.
Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 11 points, 11 rebounds and four assists while Carton scored seven points in the opening half. Withers led the River Hawks with six points in the first 20 minutes.
Consecutive 3-pointers from Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. pushed the Buckeye advantage to 50-30 with 15:14 left to play. Ohio State eventually extended its lead to 31 at 73-42 on an E.J. Liddell jumper at the 5:02 mark before the River Hawks scored 14 of the final 17 points in the contest as the Buckeyes came away with the 20-point win.
For the game, Ohio State outscored the River Hawks 36-18 in the paint and 15-7 in fast-break points. The Buckeyes limited UMass Lowell to 32.8 percent (20-for-61) from the field and 21.7 percent (5-for-23) from 3-point range in the victory.