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No. 18 Ohio State routs UMass Lowell 76-56

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) No. 18 Ohio State hopes the latest tuneup game will have its young players ready to go against a top 10 team this week.

The Buckeyes routed UMass-Lowell 76-56 on Sunday to take a 2-0 record into an early season matchup with No. 10 Villanova at home Wednesday night.

''Villanova is a blue-blood program, and I think Jay (Wright) is one of the top two or three coaches in the country,'' Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann said. ''This is a quick turnaround for us. It will be a great challenge.''

The Buckeyes will need solid games from their talented freshmen. The best of them, guard D.J. Carton, had 13 points on Sunday.

Ohio State shrugged off a slow start against overmatched UMass-Lowell (1-2) and grabbed the lead for good seven minutes into the game.

The Buckeyes eventually led by as many as 31 points in the second half before the River Hawks cut the final margin to 20. UMass-Lowell shot just 33 percent from the floor and 22 percent from beyond the arc.

Kaleb Wesson had a one-handed jam off an E.J. Liddell lob before Wesson returned the favor by dishing to Liddell after tracking down an errant pass. Wesson's crosscourt assist to Carton for a 3 gave Ohio State its 13-point halftime lead. Ohio State went on a 21-9 run to open the second half.

Ohio State had five players in double figures on Sunday against overmatched UMass-Lowell, led by Carton and Wesson with 13 points each.

Wesson also had 13 rebounds and five assists. Luther Muhammad added 11 points, while Alonzo Gaffney and Kyle Young each added 10.

The Buckeyes played without senior forward Andre Wesson, who suffered an eye injury in the team's win over Cincinnati on Wednesday night.

His brother, Kaleb Wesson, already had a double-double by halftime. He had tallied 11 points, 11 rebounds and four assists as the Buckeyes built a 38-25 halftime lead.

Obadiah Noel led UMass-Lowell (1-2) with 15 points, and Connor Withers had 10.

''I give our guys credit,'' Holtmann said. ''I thought they attacked our defensive game plan with good urgency.''

HITTING THE WALL

It was a tough game for UMass-Lowell guard Christian Lutete, who was coming off a 51-point outburst in the River Hawks' victory over LIU-Brooklyn on Friday. He finished with just nine points on 4-for-12 shooting.

BIG PICTURE:

UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks have a veteran squad and could be a team to watch in the America East this season. But they couldn't stay with the more-talented Buckeyes.

''This was a great game for us and our players,'' UMass-Lowell coach Jay Duquette said. ''We did some good things and learned some things about ourselves today. Ohio State was really unselfish. The ball moves with them, and they make the right play.''

Ohio State: Buckeyes get plenty of contributions against an overmatched team. A better gauge of where they are early will come against Villanova.

''We are always excited for our next opponent, but this is a top-10 opponent,'' Kaleb Wesson said. ''But this is about us. If we come in with the right mindset and work hard and prepare, I feel like we'll be in a good position to win the game.''

UP NEXT

UMass-Lowell: Hosts UMass-Boston on Tuesday night.

Ohio State: Hosts No. 10 Villanova on Wednesday night.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Ohio State  
19:40   Personal foul on Darius Henderson  
19:40   Shooting foul on Darius Henderson  
19:40   Kaleb Wesson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
19:40   Kaleb Wesson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
19:40   Kaleb Wesson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
19:40   Defensive rebound by Christian Lutete  
19:40   Personal foul on Kyle Young  
19:14   Ron Mitchell missed jump shot  
19:12   Offensive rebound by Darius Henderson  
19:08   Darius Henderson missed layup, blocked by Kyle Young  
19:06   Offensive rebound by Ron Mitchell  
19:06   Shooting foul on Kyle Young  
19:06 +1 Darius Henderson made 1st of 2 free throws 1-0
19:06   Darius Henderson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
19:02   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
18:50   E.J. Liddell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:48   Defensive rebound by Obadiah Noel  
18:41   Obadiah Noel missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:39   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
18:27   Kaleb Wesson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:25   Defensive rebound by Ron Mitchell  
18:11   Josh Gantz missed layup  
18:09   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
17:45   E.J. Liddell missed layup  
17:43   Defensive rebound by Christian Lutete  
17:34 +3 Josh Gantz made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darius Henderson 4-0
17:19   Kaleb Wesson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:17   Defensive rebound by Ron Mitchell  
16:54   Personal foul on CJ Walker  
16:50 +2 Darius Henderson made jump shot, assist by Obadiah Noel 6-0
16:33 +2 CJ Walker made layup 6-2
16:19   Darius Henderson missed jump shot  
16:17   Defensive rebound by CJ Walker  
16:11 +3 Kaleb Wesson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Luther Muhammad 6-5
15:59   Ron Mitchell missed jump shot  
15:57   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
15:43 +2 Luther Muhammad made jump shot 6-7
15:33   Personal foul on CJ Walker  
15:26   Josh Gantz missed layup  
15:24   Offensive rebound by UMass Lowell  
15:18 +2 Ron Mitchell made jump shot, assist by Christian Lutete 8-7
15:05 +2 D.J. Carton made layup 8-9
14:37   Ron Mitchell missed jump shot, blocked by Kaleb Wesson  
14:33   Offensive rebound by Josh Gantz  
14:30 +2 Christian Lutete made jump shot 10-9
14:13   Kaleb Wesson missed jump shot  
14:10   Defensive rebound by Christian Lutete  
14:06   3-second violation turnover on Christian Lutete  
13:54   Shooting foul on Connor Withers  
13:54   D.J. Carton missed 1st of 2 free throws  
13:54   D.J. Carton missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:54   D.J. Carton missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:54   Defensive rebound by Obadiah Noel  
13:43   Allin Blunt missed jump shot  
13:41   Defensive rebound by Alonzo Gaffney  
13:31   Duane Washington Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:31   Defensive rebound by Christian Lutete  
13:26   Shooting foul on Alonzo Gaffney  
13:26   Obadiah Noel missed 1st of 2 free throws  
13:26   Obadiah Noel missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:26   Obadiah Noel missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:26   Defensive rebound by Kyle Young  
13:04 +3 Alonzo Gaffney made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D.J. Carton 10-12
12:46   Bad pass turnover on Obadiah Noel  
12:34   Kyle Young missed jump shot  
12:32   Offensive rebound by Alonzo Gaffney  
12:22 +2 Duane Washington Jr. made driving layup 10-14
12:22   Shooting foul on Kalil Thomas  
12:22   Duane Washington Jr. missed free throw  
12:22   Defensive rebound by Kalil Thomas  
12:06   Allin Blunt missed layup  
12:04   Defensive rebound by Alonzo Gaffney  
12:02   Lost ball turnover on Alonzo Gaffney, stolen by Connor Withers  
11:49   Shooting foul on Duane Washington Jr.  
11:49   Allin Blunt missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:49   Allin Blunt missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:49   Allin Blunt missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:49   Offensive rebound by Connor Withers  
11:47   Luka Maziashvili missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:45   Defensive rebound by D.J. Carton  
11:38 +2 Kyle Young made jump shot, assist by Kaleb Wesson 10-16
11:20 +3 Kalil Thomas made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Allin Blunt 13-16
10:55   Bad pass turnover on Justin Ahrens  
10:38   Christian Lutete missed layup  
10:36   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
10:35   Shooting foul on Allin Blunt  
10:35   Kyle Young missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:35   Kyle Young missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:35   Kyle Young missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:35   Defensive rebound by Connor Withers  
10:25   Joey Glynn missed jump shot  
10:23   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
10:09   Justin Ahrens missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:07   Defensive rebound by Joey Glynn  
9:57   Traveling violation turnover on Luka Maziashvili  
9:37   Personal foul on Luka Maziashvili  
9:37   Personal foul on Luka Maziashvili  
9:37 +1 Kaleb Wesson made 1st of 2 free throws 13-17
9:37 +1 Kaleb Wesson made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-18
9:20 +2 Connor Withers made layup 15-18
9:08   Kaleb Wesson missed finger-roll layup  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Connor Withers  
8:58   Kalil Thomas missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:56   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
8:51 +3 Duane Washington Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by E.J. Liddell 15-21
8:28   Kalil Thomas missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:26   Defensive rebound by E.J. Liddell  
8:16   Duane Washington Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:14   Offensive rebound by E.J. Liddell  
7:55 +2 Kaleb Wesson made dunk, assist by E.J. Liddell 15-23
7:29   Connor Withers missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:27   Offensive rebound by Luka Maziashvili  
7:23   Luka Maziashvili missed layup  
7:21   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
7:05 +2 D.J. Carton made driving layup 15-25
6:34 +3 Obadiah Noel made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Luka Maziashvili 18-25
6:09   CJ Walker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:07   Defensive rebound by Obadiah Noel  
6:01   Christian Lutete missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:59   Defensive rebound by Duane Washington Jr.  
5:53   Luther Muhammad missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:51   Offensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
5:38 +2 E.J. Liddell made layup, assist by Kaleb Wesson 18-27
5:26   Christian Lutete missed jump shot  
5:24   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
5:23   Personal foul on Obadiah Noel  
5:23 +1 Kaleb Wesson made 1st of 2 free throws 18-28
5:23 +1 Kaleb Wesson made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-29
5:07   Traveling violation turnover on Christian Lutete  
5:00   Lost ball turnover on Alonzo Gaffney, stolen by Josh Gantz  
4:48   Christian Lutete missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:46   Defensive rebound by Alonzo Gaffney  
4:24   Bad pass turnover on Luther Muhammad, stolen by Connor Withers  
4:10   Christian Lutete missed layup  
4:08   Defensive rebound by Alonzo Gaffney  
3:48   Bad pass turnover on CJ Walker, stolen by Ron Mitchell  
3:45   Shooting foul on Luther Muhammad  
3:45   Ron Mitchell missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:45 +1 Ron Mitchell made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-29
3:45 +1 Ron Mitchell made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-29
3:26   Bad pass turnover on Alonzo Gaffney, stolen by Connor Withers  
3:13   Connor Withers missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:11   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
2:55 +2 Alonzo Gaffney made layup, assist by Kaleb Wesson 19-31
2:55   Shooting foul on Ron Mitchell  
2:55   Alonzo Gaffney missed free throw  
2:55   Defensive rebound by Connor Withers  
2:41   Traveling violation turnover on Luka Maziashvili  
2:34   D.J. Carton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:32   Defensive rebound by Christian Lutete  
2:17 +2 Connor Withers made layup, assist by Josh Gantz 21-31
2:04 +2 Kaleb Wesson made layup, assist by Duane Washington Jr. 21-33
1:50 +2 Connor Withers made floating jump shot, assist by Luka Maziashvili 23-33
1:39   Shooting foul on Josh Gantz  
1:39 +1 Luther Muhammad made 1st of 2 free throws 23-34
1:39 +1 Luther Muhammad made 2nd of 2 free throws 23-35
1:26 +2 Obadiah Noel made jump shot 25-35
1:09 +3 D.J. Carton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kaleb Wesson 25-38
43.0   Obadiah Noel missed 3-pt. jump shot  
41.0   Defensive rebound by E.J. Liddell  
22.0   Luther Muhammad missed finger-roll layup  
20.0   Defensive rebound by Connor Withers  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:41   Darius Henderson missed jump shot  
19:39   Defensive rebound by Kyle Young  
19:24   Personal foul on Darius Henderson  
19:17   CJ Walker missed jump shot  
19:15   Defensive rebound by Obadiah Noel  
19:05   Lost ball turnover on Obadiah Noel, stolen by Kyle Young  
18:57   Kyle Young missed jump shot  
18:55   Defensive rebound by Darius Henderson  
18:46   Shooting foul on Duane Washington Jr.  
18:44 +1 Obadiah Noel made 1st of 2 free throws 26-38
18:44 +1 Obadiah Noel made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-38
18:35 +2 Kyle Young made layup 27-40
18:11   Darius Henderson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:09   Defensive rebound by Luther Muhammad  
17:50   Offensive foul on Kaleb Wesson  
17:50   Turnover on Kaleb Wesson  
17:31   Christian Lutete missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:29   Defensive rebound by Duane Washington Jr.  
17:18   Shooting foul on Darius Henderson  
17:18 +1 Kyle Young made 1st of 2 free throws 27-41
17:14 +1 Kyle Young made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-42
16:56   Lost ball turnover on Obadiah Noel  
16:50   Lost ball turnover on Luther Muhammad, stolen by Luka Maziashvili  
16:50   Personal foul on Luther Muhammad  
16:32   Luka Maziashvili missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:30   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
16:22 +2 Kyle Young made dunk, assist by Luther Muhammad 27-44
16:11 +2 Josh Gantz made layup, assist by Connor Withers 29-44
16:12   Shooting foul on CJ Walker  
16:12 +1 Josh Gantz made free throw 30-44
15:57 +3 Luther Muhammad made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Duane Washington Jr. 30-47
15:38   Josh Gantz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:36   Defensive rebound by Kyle Young  
15:14 +3 Duane Washington Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ Walker 30-50
14:57   Personal foul on CJ Walker  
14:39 +2 Luka Maziashvili made jump shot 32-50
14:10   Personal foul on Luka Maziashvili  
13:58   E.J. Liddell missed layup  
13:56   Offensive rebound by Ohio State  
13:41 +3 D.J. Carton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Luther Muhammad 32-53
13:24   Luka Maziashvili missed layup  
13:22   Defensive rebound by Duane Washington Jr.  
13:19   Lost ball turnover on D.J. Carton  
13:14   Luka Maziashvili missed layup, blocked by E.J. Liddell  
13:12   Defensive rebound by E.J. Liddell  
13:12   Personal foul on Allin Blunt  
13:02 +2 Luther Muhammad made jump shot 32-55
13:02   Shooting foul on Kalil Thomas  
13:02   Luther Muhammad missed free throw  
13:02   Defensive rebound by Connor Withers  
12:41   Kalil Thomas missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:39   Defensive rebound by Ohio State  
12:39   Personal foul on E.J. Liddell  
12:39   Bad pass turnover on Luka Maziashvili  
12:19   Justin Ahrens missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:17   Defensive rebound by Connor Withers  
12:17   Personal foul on E.J. Liddell  
12:17 +1 Connor Withers made 1st of 2 free throws 33-55
12:17 +1 Connor Withers made 2nd of 2 free throws 34-55
12:00   Personal foul on Kalil Thomas  
11:49 +2 Kyle Young made dunk, assist by D.J. Carton 34-57
11:39   Obadiah Noel missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:37   Defensive rebound by Kyle Young  
11:32 +2 Luther Muhammad made layup, assist by D.J. Carton 34-59
10:57   Christian Lutete missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:55   Defensive rebound by D.J. Carton  
10:55   Duane Washington Jr. missed jump shot  
10:53   Defensive rebound by Christian Lutete  
10:13   Shooting foul on Justin Ahrens  
10:14   Kalil Thomas missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:14 +1 Kalil Thomas made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-59
9:47   Duane Washington Jr. missed jump shot  
9:45   Defensive rebound by Christian Lutete  
9:37 +2 Christian Lutete made layup 37-59
9:24   Justin Ahrens missed jump shot  
9:22   Defensive rebound by Christian Lutete  
9:12   Traveling violation turnover on Luka Maziashvili  
9:00   Alonzo Gaffney missed jump shot  
8:58   Offensive rebound by Kaleb Wesson  
8:46 +2 Alonzo Gaffney made dunk, assist by Kaleb Wesson 37-61
8:40   Obadiah Noel missed jump shot  
8:40   Offensive rebound by Connor Withers  
8:38   Personal foul on Alonzo Gaffney  
8:38 +1 Connor Withers made 1st of 2 free throws 38-61
8:38 +1 Connor Withers made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-61
8:08 +3 CJ Walker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D.J. Carton 39-64
7:56   Obadiah Noel missed layup  
7:54   Offensive rebound by Connor Withers  
7:49   Connor Withers missed layup  
7:47