COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10 Ohio State men’s basketball team used a 17-0 second-half run to pull away from Kent State on its way to a 71-52 victory Monday night at St. John Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 6-0 while the Golden Flashes suffer their first loss of the season, dropping to 5-1.
The Buckeyes conclude their season-opening homestand when they host Morgan State at 9 p.m. Friday at Value City Arena. Tickets are available for purchase online here.
The Buckeyes’ Kaleb Wesson totaled 17 points and six rebounds while Duane Washington Jr. went for 16 points, a team-high seven boards and three assists. Danny Pippen went for a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds while Antonio Williams scored 17 for the Golden Flashes.
Kent State scored the first five points in a physical first half but the Buckeyes, up 14-13 with 9:37 remaining in the half, took control with a 19-6 run, capped by a D.J. Carton 3-pointer, over the next 7:36, to take a 33-19 lead with just over two minutes left to play. After an Williams jumper for the Golden Flashes and two free throws from Carton, an Anthony Roberts layup with four seconds remaining in the half trimmed the Buckeye lead to 35-23 at the break.
Washington Jr. led all scorers with 10 points in the opening 20 minutes while Wesson added nine. Pippen and Williams paced Kent State with six points apiece.
A dunk by Wesson and a 3-pointer from Luther Muhammad pushed the Ohio State lead to a game-high 17 at 40-23 with 17:33 left to play but the Golden Flashes responded with a 3-pointer from Pippen and a three-point play from Philip Whittington to make it a 40-29 game with 16:44 remaining. Washington Jr. followed with a layup to push the lead back to 13 but Kent State connected on four of its next six attempts from deep as the Golden Flashes battled back to tie it at 48-all with 10:30 left to play.
However, Muhammad scored the next five points and Carton followed with a highlight-reel layup as the Buckeyes took control with a 17-0 run spanning 6:35 for a 65-58 lead with 3:55 remaining. The Golden Flashes would get no closer than 15 the rest of the way as Ohio State remained undefeated.
For the game, Ohio State held a 41-27 advantage on the boards and a 21-6 lead in bench points. The Buckeyes limited the Golden Flashes to 6-for-25 (24 percent) from 3-point range.