COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 Ohio State men’s basketball team ran past Penn State, 106-74, in its Big Ten opener Saturday afternoon at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes, off to their best start since the 2013-14 season, improve to 9-0 on the year and 1-0 in Big Ten play while the Nittany Lions drop to 7-2, 0-1 in conference play.
The Buckeyes, who eclipsed the 100-point mark against a Big Ten opponent for the first time since 2006, are off until Dec. 15 when they travel to Minnesota for a 6:30 p.m. ET contest.
Kaleb Wesson notched his third double-double of the season with 28 points and 10 rebounds while Andre Wesson totaled 15 points and five boards and Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. scored 14 apiece. Izaiah Brockington paced Penn State with 19 points, while Lamar Stevens, who fouled out with 13:26 remaining, scored 11.
Ohio State held an 11-9 lead after a Mike Watkins jumper with 13:55 left to play in the opening half but the Buckeyes went on a 9-0 run over the next 5:01 to push the advantage to 20-9 with 8:54 remaining. Brockington hit a pair of shots later in the half to cut the deficit to seven but a pair of D.J. Carton free throws in the waning seconds of the half gave Ohio State a 46-35 lead at the break.
Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 11 points at the half while Andre Wesson added nine. Brockington totaled a team-high 10 points for Penn State through the first 20 minutes.
The Buckeyes then caught fire from long distance in the second half. With the Buckeyes up 60-50 with 13:26 remaining, Lamar Stevens, the Nittany Lions’ leading scorer, fouled Ohio State’s C.J. Walker on a shot and then picked up a technical for his fifth foul and the disqualification. Walker followed by making 3-of-4 from the line but Penn State answered right back with a 5-0 spurt of their own to make it a 63-55 game with 12:45 left to play.
However, Ohio State responded with a 20-5 run, in which they went 6-for-7 from deep, over the next 5:10 to put the game out of reach at 83-60 with 7:35 remaining. The Buckeyes would push the lead all the way up to 103-66 on a pair of Carton free throws with 2:06 left to play before coming away with the 32-point victory.
The Buckeyes shot it well all day, going 31-for-54 (57.4 percent) from the field and 14-for-26 (53.8 percent) from long distance. Ohio State, which also made a season-high 30 free throws in the victory, held a 37-25 advantage on the boards and a 16-7 lead in second-chance points.