Dec. 19, 2004

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AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – J.J. Sullinger scored six of his 14 points during a 13-0 first-half run and Ohio State never trailed in a 74-48 win over Morehead State on Sunday.

The Buckeyes (8-2) ran their record over Ohio Valley Conference teams to 16-0.

Terence Dials scored 20 points with Tony Stockman matching Sullinger’s 14 points for Ohio State, which led by as many as 28 points in the second half.

The Buckeyes shut down Morehead State (5-3) inside, limiting the Eagles to 30 percent shooting from the field.

Josh Reed and Chad McKnight – both Ohio natives – scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, for Morehead State. Reed hit 5-of-6 3-pointers and McKnight made all seven of his free throws. The Eagles, second in the nation at 80.5 percent in free throw shooting, made their last nine foul shots after Cory Burns missed their first two.

The win was the third in a row for Ohio State, which never trailed after Ivan Harris opened the game by scoring the Buckeyes’ first five points. They led by as many as 23 points in the opening half, after holding the Eagles scoreless for almost 4 minutes early in the game to build a 20-4 lead.

Sullinger started the 13-0 burst with a 3-pointer from the top of the circle, then hit another from well outside the arc on the right wing. After Dials hit two free throws, Stockman looped in a short jumper and then hit a 3-pointer.

The Eagles missed all four of their shots from the field and had two turnovers during the Ohio State spurt.

Reed hit two 3-pointers to cut the Ohio State lead to 39-22 at the half but with Dials controlling the lane and his teammates hitting 5-of-11 3-pointers, the Buckeyes were never threatened in the final 20 minutes.