November 15, 2021

Strong Defensive Effort Pushes Buckeyes Past BGSU 89-58


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State defense frustrated visiting Bowling Green right from the start and was able to cruise to an 89-58 victory Monday night at Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center.

The Buckeyes (3-0) limited BGSU to under 40 percent shooting for the night while shooting 51.4 percent on the other end.

E.J. Liddell led the team in scoring for the third-consecutive game with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting. He was a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from inside the arc.

Freshman Meechie Johnson Jr. also had 13 points, which marked a career-high for the Cleveland, Ohio native.

Sophomores Zed Key and Eugene Brown III each chipped-in with 12 points. For Key, it was his third-consecutive game of 10 or more points and Brown knocked-down a pair of threes.

Senior Justin Ahrens was the fifth Buckeye in double-figures with 11 points on 3-of-4 from long range.

The Buckeyes raced out to an 11-0 lead right out of the gate and led by as many as 28 in the first half before taking a 41-18 lead at the break. Bowling Green made just two of their first 20 shots to start the game.

The second half started out similar to the first as the Buckeyes pushed the lead to 52-20 less than four minutes in. Despite shooting over 50 percent in the second half, the Falcons were able to get any closer than 30 points in the final 13 minutes.


  • Ohio State went on separate runs of 11-0, 13-0 and 10-0 in the first half
  • Justin Ahrens has made multiple threes in all three games this season after going 3-of-4 tonight. He had a streak of eight consecutive games in the middle of the season last year.
  • Meechie Johnson Jr. hit three three-pointers and finished with a career-high 13 points
  • Zed Key finished with 12 points as he has now scored in double-figures in all three games this season
  • Jamari Wheeler had five assists and just one turnover tonight, giving him 12 assists and one turnover on the year
  • The Buckeyes had 27 assists and just 12 turnovers in the game
  • The 27 assists were the most since dishing out 26 against UCLA on 12/22/18
  • The Buckeyes assisted on 27 of 36 field goals.
  • Ohio State shot 50 percent or better in each half

Up Next

Ohio State will head out on the road for the first time this season when the Buckeyes head to Cincinnati, Ohio to take on Big East foe Xavier. Tip-off is 6:30 p.m. on Thursday night from the Cintas Center. This game is part of the Gavitt Games, which annually pits teams from Big Ten vs. teams from the Big East.