In their first game following their first loss of the season at Louisville, the Buckeyes (6-1) used their size advantage over the Raiders to emerge with a victory. Of Colgate’s 18 made field goals, 11 were from beyond the three-point line, but Ohio State dominated inside against the Raiders’ zone. OSU outscored Colgate 28-12 inside the paint.
Freshman D’Angelo Russell and sophomore Marc Loving led the offensive attack with a combined 36 points. Russell was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points on 8-of-19 shooting. He added four rebounds and four assists. Loving netted 17 points with five boards and three assists. Redshirt freshman Kam Williams added 11 points and three rebounds, and senior center Amir Williams used his height advantage to score eight points and grab eight rebounds.
Colgate (1-7) was led by Ethan Jacobs who scored 18 points. Damon Sherman-Newsome made four of his team’s threes to contribute 12 points.
The Buckeyes led set the tone early, scoring the game’s first 10 points. Senior Sam Thompson opened the scoring just 16 seconds into the game on a jumper, and senior Amir Williams and Loving added a pair of layups before Loving added a pair of made free throws at the 18:02 mark – forcing a 30-second timeout by the Raiders.
The Buckeyes led 15-7 following a three by Loving at the 13:41 mark, but OSU then went cold from the field. They missed their next six shots, and Colgate narrowed its deficit to 16-13 before Trey McDonald ended the drought with a jumper at 8:59. That provided the first two points of a 7-2 run that upped the OSU lead to 23-14 with 7:41 remaining.
Colgate continued to scrap away, however, getting to within four at 23-19 on a tip-in by Jacobs with 4:17 on the clock. That was as close as the Raiders would get before the break, with the Buckeyes immediately going on an 8-0 run that elapsed 2:30 and featured a pair of threes by Loving and Russell and gave OSU its largest first half lead at 31-19 with 80 seconds left in the half.
A late layup by Jacobs set the halftime score at 31-21. It was not a pretty half for either team. Ohio State shot 35.5 percent (11 of 31) from the field, but that was better than the Raiders, who made just 8 of 27 of their shots (29.6 percent). Loving was the only player in double figures at the break with 12 points on 3-of-4 shooting and a perfect 4-of-4 at the free-throw line.
Russell sparked the Buckeyes to start the second half, scoring his team’s first seven points on a pair of jumpers and a three. Colgate kept its deficit around the 10-point mark as Russell heated up thanks to draining a trio of three pointers, the last made by Austin Tillotson with 16:38 remaining to make it 38-30 OSU.
The Buckeyes extended their lead to as many as 15 on a three by Russell with 11:13 remaining. Colgate twice got its deficit to nine, the latter making the score 55-46 with 7:44 on the clock. From there, however, the Buckeyes took command from there.
Ohio State used a 13-0 run to build a 20-point advantage at 68-48 with 3:47 remaining. Kam Williams scored five points during the run, including a four-point play coming on a made three during which he was fouled.
The Buckeyes ended the game shooting 46.6 percent (27 of 58) from the field. The second half was much better offensive for Ohio State, as OSU shot 59.3 percent (16 of 27). Colgate ended the game 33.3 percent from the line (18 of 54) with 33 of its points coming from beyond the arc (11 of 30).