Oden did most of his damage from the charity strip as he connected on 8-15 free throws. The talented seven-footer was 2-3 from the field.
The Buckeyes defense did the job holding Valparaiso to 58 points and 4-13 from 3-point land where the Crusaders thrive. The Crusdaers leading scorer Shawn Huff was held to zero points and second leading scorer Urule Igbavoa was held to 10 points. Sam Haanpaa led the Crusaders effort 18 points.
The third-ranked Buckeyes (7-1) return to acton on Saturday, Dec. 9 when they host Cleveland State.