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No. 16 Ohio State routs Minnesota 79-59 in Big Ten opener

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State wasted no time staking its claim as the team to beat in the Big Ten.

Andre Wesson scored 16 points, Kaleb Wesson had 15, and No. 16 Ohio State beat Minnesota 79-59 on Sunday night in the conference opener for both teams.

C.J. Jackson and Musa Jallow each added 11 points, and Duane Washington Jr., and Kyle Young had 10 apiece to help the Buckeyes improve to 7-1.

''I'm proud of our guys' effort tonight against a really good Minnesota team,'' Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. ''I do think we benefited from the fact that they probably had some tired legs from Friday night. But take nothing away from our guys' approach. Our defense set the tone.''

Amir Coffey led Minnesota (6-2) with 19 points, and Dupree McBrayer added 13.

Cold shooting and bad rebounding put Minnesota in a big early hole. The Gophers failed to grab an offensive rebound in the first 10 minutes of the game.

''If you are not going to bring good physical basketball, you are not going to win in this league,'' Gophers coach Richard Pitino said. ''(Ohio State is) really good at simple good basketball.

''They are really physical - tough and physical. And they impose it on you.''

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State dominated every aspect from scoring to rebounding, and overwhelmed its Big Ten rival from the start. Minnesota struggled to find the basket up close and at a distance, and never challenged.

FRESHMAN FROM AFAR

Ohio State freshman guard Duane Washington Jr. is 15 of 34 from 3-point range in eight games.

MILESTONE

Minnesota senior forward Jordan Murphy is just one point away from 1,400 points to go with 1,000 rebounds in his career, which would make him the 11th player in Big Ten history to that milestone.

INJURY REPORT

The Buckeyes played their first game without freshman guard Luther Muhammad in the lineup. He dislocated his shoulder against Syracuse and is out indefinitely. Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said Muhammad continues to rehab, and there is no timetable on his return. Muhammad is averaging 27.9 minutes and 8.9 points.

UP NEXT

Minnesota: Hosts Nebraska on Wednesday night.

Ohio State: Faces Illinois at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
J. Murphy
3 F
C. Jackson
3 G
29.1 Min. Per Game 29.1
13.6 Pts. Per Game 13.6
2.7 Ast. Per Game 2.7
3.9 Reb. Per Game 3.9
51.7 Field Goal % 39.2
25.0 Three Point % 35.7
64.6 Free Throw % 78.4
  Bad pass turnover on Brock Stull 8.0
+ 2 Danny Hummer made layup, assist by Duane Washington Jr. 27.0
  Bad pass turnover on Isaiah Washington 33.0
  Defensive rebound by Michael Hurt 39.0
  Joey Lane missed 3-pt. jump shot 41.0
  Offensive rebound by Duane Washington Jr. 48.0
  Justin Ahrens missed jump shot 50.0
  Defensive rebound by Danny Hummer 1:04
  Daniel Oturu missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:04
+ 1 Daniel Oturu made 1st of 2 free throws 1:04
  Shooting foul on C.J. Jackson 1:04
Team Stats
Points 59 79
Field Goals 20-51 (39.2%) 28-60 (46.7%)
3-Pointers 0-13 (0.0%) 7-17 (41.2%)
Free Throws 19-32 (59.4%) 16-20 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 33 42
Offensive 8 11
Defensive 22 28
Team 3 3
Assists 7 16
Steals 2 5
Blocks 4 1
Turnovers 12 10
Fouls 21 26
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
16 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Minnesota 6-2 283159
home team logo 16 Ohio State 7-1 394079
Team Stats
away team logo Minnesota 6-2 70.6 PPG 40.2 RPG 14.5 APG
home team logo 16 Ohio State 7-1 69.1 PPG 37.5 RPG 14.1 APG
Key Players
00
A. Coffey G PPG RPG APG FG%
24
A. Wesson F 8.6 PPG 4.1 RPG 1.8 APG 43.0 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Coffey G 19 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
A. Wesson F 16 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
39.2 FG% 46.7
0.0 3PT FG% 41.2
59.4 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Coffey 19 3 1 7/16 0/3 5/7 2 32 0 0 2 1 2
D. McBrayer 13 2 2 5/9 0/3 3/4 3 27 1 0 4 0 2
D. Oturu 9 7 0 3/4 0/0 3/7 3 25 0 3 1 2 5
J. Murphy 7 7 1 2/6 0/1 3/6 4 24 0 0 1 2 5
G. Kalscheur 0 1 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 4 22 1 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Coffey 19 3 1 7/16 0/3 5/7 2 32 0 0 2 1 2
D. McBrayer 13 2 2 5/9 0/3 3/4 3 27 1 0 4 0 2
D. Oturu 9 7 0 3/4 0/0 3/7 3 25 0 3 1 2 5
J. Murphy 7 7 1 2/6 0/1 3/6 4 24 0 0 1 2 5
G. Kalscheur 0 1 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 4 22 1 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Stockman 4 3 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 1 15 0 1 0 1 2
M. Hurt 3 1 0 0/1 0/1 3/4 1 9 0 0 0 0 1
J. Omersa 3 1 0 1/1 0/0 1/2 1 15 0 0 2 1 0
I. Washington 1 3 3 0/6 0/4 1/2 1 23 0 0 1 1 2
B. Stull 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 1 0 2
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Rudrud - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Willis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Conroy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Carr - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 59 30 7 20/51 0/13 19/32 21 200 2 4 12 8 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Wesson 16 4 2 6/10 2/5 2/2 2 34 0 0 1 0 4
K. Wesson 15 6 1 5/10 0/1 5/8 4 17 1 0 2 2 4
C. Jackson 11 5 4 3/8 2/3 3/4 3 33 1 0 2 1 4
K. Young 10 8 3 4/5 0/0 2/2 4 23 2 1 1 4 4
K. Woods 0 5 2 0/5 0/0 0/0 3 29 1 0 3 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Wesson 16 4 2 6/10 2/5 2/2 2 34 0 0 1 0 4
K. Wesson 15 6 1 5/10 0/1 5/8 4 17 1 0 2 2 4
C. Jackson 11 5 4 3/8 2/3 3/4 3 33 1 0 2 1 4
K. Young 10 8 3 4/5 0/0 2/2 4 23 2 1 1 4 4
K. Woods 0 5 2 0/5 0/0 0/0 3 29 1 0 3 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Jallow 11 4 0 4/4 1/1 2/2 5 19 0 0 0 2 2
D. Washington Jr. 10 3 3 4/11 2/5 0/0 3 22 0 0 1 1 2
J. LeDee 4 0 1 1/3 0/0 2/2 1 13 0 0 0 0 0
D. Hummer 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
J. Lane 0 2 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2
J. Ahrens 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 1
C. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Potter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Muhammad - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 39 16 28/60 7/17 16/20 26 200 5 1 10 11 28