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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team ran past Cleveland State, 89-62, Friday night in its first game in St. John Arena since 2010. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 6-0 on the year while the Vikings drop to 2-4.
Kaleb Wesson led all scorers with 19 points to go along with six rebounds, four steals and three assists. C.J. Jackson added 17 points while Andre Wesson tallied 11 and Luther Muhammad scored 10. Stefan Kenic led Cleveland State with 13 points.
Ohio State took the early 10-2 lead on a 3-point play by Kaleb Wesson at the 16:02 mark of the first half and extended the advantage to as many as 14 at 33-19 after another 3-point play by Muhammad with 4:41 remaining in the half before taking a 38-29 lead into the break.
Jackson led Ohio State with 10 points at the half while Kaleb Wesson added nine and four rebounds. Algevon Eichelberger, Kenic and Tyree Appleby each had seven apiece to lead the Vikings.
The Buckeyes then connected on nine of their first 11 shots of the second half and the rout was on at 60-38 after a Muhammad jumper with 13:16 left to play. Ohio State pushed its lead to 30 at 74-44 on an Andre Wesson 3-pointer with 9:16 remaining before cruising to their sixth-consecutive win to start the season.
For the third time this season, the Buckeyes shot better than 50 percent from the field, hitting on 53.1 percent of their shots. Ohio State limited its opponent to less than 40 percent shooting for the fifth time in six games, holding Cleveland State to 35 percent shooting.
The Buckeyes host Syracuse at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Value City Arena.