Nov. 8, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team topped Walsh, 92-82, in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena.

Keita Bates-Diop paced the Buckeyes offensively with 26 points to go along with eight rebounds and four blocks while Marc Loving tallied a double-double with 24 points and 10 boards. Freshman JaQuan Lyle added 19 points, nine rebounds and a team-best seven assists while Trevor Thompson scored six points to go along with 10 rebounds.

Ohio State held a 43-40 lead at half as Walsh connected on eight 3-pointers and 10 of 14 free throws over the first 20 minutes. Bates-Diop paced the Buckeyes with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting while Marc Loving added nine points and six boards in the first half.

Five 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes of the second half kept the Cavaliers in it but Kam Williams and Lyle scored the final 11 Buckeye points to ice the game away late.

The Buckeyes open the regular season against Mount St. Mary’s at noon Sunday at Value City Arena.

– Jae’Sean Tate sat out the exhibition with an ankle sprain and is day-to-day
– Ohio State tallied a 40-24 advantage in points in the paint and a 16-9 lead in second-chance points
– Six players saw their first action in a Buckeye uniform including Lyle, Daniel Giddens, Austin Grandstaff, David Bell, A.J. Harris and Trevor Thompson
– Ohio State connected on 20 of 24 free throws


Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the overall performance
“I think that there were a lot of things, especially on the defensive end; we were as bad defensively as we probably will be, just in terms of awareness and adjusting. We reverted back to what we wanted to do instead of what we were supposed to do.“

On making adjustments throughout the year
“Those are things we can get corrected, our awareness especially, we had no idea what was going on on the other side of the floor and our rotations are slow, we got lost defensively a lot.”

On the energy of the defense
“I thought they would play with a little more urgency on the defensive end. We were reacting not attacking on defense but I think for those guys this was a good thing.”

On the youthfulness of the team
“We thought about playing two exhibition games because we were so young this year.“

Jeff Young, Walsh head coach
On Walsh’s 3 point shooting
“We’ve got guys that can make threes. We shoot a lot of threes and some of them were contested, but that kind of kept us in it. If we don’t make threes we’re done.”

On the experience of Ohio State
“We knew that they weren’t going to be as seasoned as they usually are with all those new faces. Obviously they’ll get better as the year goes on. We knew we had guys that have played three to four years that would play poised and we would have a chance.”

On playing Ohio State 5 years in a row
“We get so much more out of it as a University than we do just playing the game. Obviously it’s a great opportunity for our guys to play on a court they dream about playing. It’s a win-win for us all around.”