November 11, 2018

Ohio State Runs Past Purdue Fort Wayne in Home Opener

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team earned a 107-61 win over Purdue Fort Wayne in the Buckeyes’ home opener Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes improve to 2-0 on the year after their 64-56 win over Cincinnati Wednesday night.

Ohio State’s C.J. Jackson led all scorers with a career-high 25 points while Duane Washington Jr. added 20 points off the bench. Jaedon Ledee saw his first collegiate action, recording 16 points, four boards and a game-best four flocks off the bench while Luther Muhammad score 12 points in his second-career contest. John Konchar and Kason Harrell led Purdue Fort Wayne with 13 points apiece.

Ohio State shot 57.1 percent from the field in the first half on its way to a 41-34 lead at the break. After a Cameron Benford layup cut the Ohio State lead to 20-18 almost midway through the first half, Ohio State went on a 7-0 run capped by a Jackson layup to push its advantage to 27-18 with 7:27 left to play. Purdue Fort Wayne was able to make it a two-point game with just under three minutes to play in the half but consecutive 3-pointers by Washington Jr. extended the Buckeyes’ cushion heading into the half.

Jackson paced the Buckeyes with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists in the first 20 minutes while Konchar led the Mastodons with nine points and seven boards.

The Mastodons cut the lead to 41-36 on a Matt Holba jumper less than a minute into the second half but it was all Buckeyes from there. An 11-2 Ohio State run over the next 2:26 was spurred on by three-straight Jackson 3-pointers to push the lead to 52-38. The Buckeyes then put it out of reach with a 14-1 run later in the half, capped by a pair of Muhammad free throws, to make it 66-41 with 11:24 remaining and Ohio State never looked back on the way to the home-opening win.

For the game, the Buckeyes held a 53-14 advantage in bench points and outscored the Mastodons 66-27 in the final 20 minutes. Ohio State shot 60.7 percent (34-for-56) from the field for the game.

The Buckeyes travel to Creighton for a 7 p.m. ET tip Thursday.