Ohio State Uses Strong First-Half Performance To Coast To 78-47 Win Over Jackson State

Ohio State beats Jackson State, 78-47, Wednesday night to improve to 5-0 on the season.

Jackson State controlled the first seven minutes of the game but it was Ohio State after that. 

The Buckeyes were trailing, 15-9, seven minutes into the game but used a 14-0 run and a 15-0 spurt in the first half to coast to 78-47 win over the visiting Tigers on Wednesday night.

Junior guard Kam Williams accounted for eight of the 14 points in the first run while junior center Trevor Thompson highlighted the second scoring streak with alley-oop dunks on back-to-back possessions.  

Williams finished the first 20 minutes a perfect 5-for-5 from the field for 12 points, knocking down two three-pointers in the process. He added a long ball in the second half to finish with 15 points. 

Jackson State trimmed Ohio State's lead to 12 on two different occasions in the second half but that is the closest the Tigers would get. With the starters on the bench, sophomore guards Jimmy Jent and Joey Lane put the final touches on the victory when they combined to make three triples in the final two minutes to give Ohio State its largest lead of the night at 78-47.      

Lyle notched his first double-double (10 points, 11 assists) of the season and senior forward Marc Loving led OSU with 19 points, hitting 6 of 12 shots and 3 of 7 three-point attempts. He scored a combined 17 points in three previous games.

“It’s always good to see the ball go in and get a little rhythm going," Loving said. "It wasn’t anything I was stressing over but it’s always good to see some baskets.” 

Head coach Thad Matta was pleased to see Loving's offense resurface and acknowledged that the teams need its senior to produce on that end of the floor as the season continues.    

“Here’s the thing, he’s doing a really good job defending," Matta said. "We got to keep building on that. I thought it was good to see a couple good shots go down for him. I thought he had good leg drive on his shots, and even the ones he missed were good shots. Hopefully we can continue to build on that and we need him playing well, no question.” 

Ohio State shot 26 of 47 from the field (55.3 percent) and 13 of 27 from the beyond the arc (48.1 percent) while forcing 20 turnovers.  

Junior guard Paris Collins led the Tigers with 19 points on 6-of-16 shooting. He was the only player on the team to score 10 or more points in the contest. As a team, JSU went 18 of 61 from the field (29.5 percent) and 7 of 23 from long distance (30.4 percent). 

The Buckeyes are now 5-0 on the season and will host Marshall on Friday at 7 p.m. (ET). 

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