Five Buckeyes scored in double figures led by junior forward LaQuinton Ross and senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., who both scored 15, as No. 11/10 Ohio State defeated the Walsh University Cavaliers, 93-63, in OSU’s only exhibition game of the season at Value City Arena in Columbus on Sunday.
The game was tied at 6-all with 16:34 left in the first half following a three-pointer from Walsh’s Trey Fletcher, but Ohio State went on a 20-9 run over the next six-plus minutes and after a layup by Amir Williams, the Buckeyes led 26-15 and held a double-digit advantage the rest of the game.
At halftime, Ohio State led 49-26 as Smith Jr. had nine points and five rebounds, Ross and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle scored eight, and senior guard Aaron Craft had six points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal. Junior center Amir Williams added six points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block. Freshman forward Marc Loving chipped in four points and five rebounds.
Buckeyes were 14-of-27 from the field and 2-of 4 from three-point range in the first 20 minutes. The Cavaliers were 10-of-25 from the floor and 5-of-15 from beyond the arc.
In the second half, Walsh got as close as 53-34 after 7-foot-1 center Hrvoje Vucic knocked down a triple with 17:04 to go. But Ohio State went on an 11-2 run from that point capped off on a sweet alley-oop dunk by Thompson to put the Buckeyes up 64-36 at the 13:19 mark.
Along with Ross and Smith Jr.’s 15 points in double figures, Craft added 14, Della Valle chipped in 13 on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range, and junior forward Sam Thompson contributed 12.
Williams finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots in 19 minutes. Freshman forward Marc Loving scored five points and pulled down nine rebounds in 22 minutes.
For the game, Ohio State was 30-of-60 (50.0%) shooting from the field and 4-of-9 (44.4%) from beyond the arc. Walsh was 25-of-62 (40.3%) from the floor and 9-of-28 (32.1%) from downtown.
The Cavaliers committed a whopping 31 personal fouls which led to the Buckeyes shooting 29-of-42 (69.0%) from the free throw line. Ohio State was whistled for 14 fouls as Walsh was just 4-of-8 (50.0%) from the charity stripe.
The Buckeyes outrebounded the Cavaliers, 52-26, and the defense forced 23 turnovers, but if there was one glaring stat, OSU also committed 18 turnovers themselves.
Ohio State’s first regular season game is Saturday when the Buckeyes host Morgan State. Tip-off at Value City Arena is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET.