COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State men’s basketball team topped Southeast Missouri, 80-48, Tuesday night at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 10-1 on the year while the Redhawks drop to 3-8.
The Buckeyes travel to Las Vegas to take on No. 6 Kentucky in the CBSSports Classic at 5:15 p.m. ET Saturday.
Kaleb Wesson notched his fourth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Andre Wesson scored 14, Kyle Young went for 10 points and nine boards and D.J. Carton totaled 10 points, five boards and five assists. DQ Nicholas and Isaiah Gable each scored 10 for the Redhawks.
The Buckeyes battled back from a sluggish start to take a 35-26 lead at the break. Southeast Missouri held a 16-12 lead after an Isaiah Gable 3-pointer with 9:39 remaining in the half before Ohio State went on a 13-1 spurt over the next 4:01 to take a 25-17 lead on a Kaleb Wesson layup at the 4:58 mark. The Redhawks cut the lead to five twice in the final two minutes but the Buckeyes’ CJ Walker scored the final four points of the half as Ohio State took a nine-point advantage into the break.
Ohio State, plagued by 13 first-half turnovers, was led offensively by Kaleb Wesson with 13 points while Walker scored seven. Nicholas paced the Redhawks with six as Ohio State limited Southeast Missouri to 8-for-28 (28.6 percent) from the field over the first 20 minutes.
The Buckeyes’ lead stood at 45-30 after a pair of Nicholas free throws with 14:47 remaining before Ohio State went on a 14-0 run, spurred on by a 3-point play from Andre Wesson, a 3-pointer from Kaleb Wesson and a pair of threes from D.J. Carton, to take a commanding 59-30 advantage with 11:40 left to play. Ohio State then pushed its lead to a game-high 38 at 78-40 with 3:17 remaining after a pair of Andre Wesson 3-pointers as the Buckeyes picked up their 10th win of the season.
Ohio State shot 58.8 percent (30-for-51) from the field and 48.1 percent (13-for-27) from 3-point range while limiting the Redhawks to 26.7 percent (16-for-60) shooting. The Buckeyes held a 44-25 lead on the boards and dished out a season-high 23 assists.