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Ohio State beats The Citadel 94-65 for fifth straight win

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State ran past, rather than looked past, The Citadel on Tuesday night to set up a bigger test in its next game against No. 5 North Carolina.

Kam Williams and Keita Bates-Diop each scored 17 points as Ohio State won its fifth straight game with a 94-65 win against a mid-major opponent that scores nearly 90 points a game and gives up an equally amount while trying to set a frenetic pace that the Buckeyes (10-3) are unlikely to see again this season.

''It was a unique game, a unique style with how The Citadel plays,'' Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. ''They've got creative ways of attacking teams.''

The Buckeyes got plenty of open looks once it cracked the pressure defense and shot 50 percent (37 of 74) from the floor and had 27 assists.

''We want to get our team the best shot,'' Williams said. ''If that means giving up a good shot to get a great one, that's what we're going to do.''

C.J. Jackson added 13 points and Andrew Dakich 10 for the Buckeyes.

Kaiden Rice had 14 points, and Alex Reed and Zane Najdawi 11 apiece for the Bulldogs (5-7).

The Citadel defense (89.3 points per game) is third-worst in Division I. They are 12th in scoring average (89.6), but trailed 44-23 at the half when the Bulldogs made 22.9 percent of their field goals.

Their previous lowest output in a game this season was a 98-72 loss to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Dec. 2.

''We're not usually this bad offensively,'' The Citadel coach Duggar Baucom said. ''But give all credit to Ohio State. They didn't allow us to do things we normally do. . They were not looking ahead to North Carolina.''

BY THE NUMBERS

The Citadel's Matt Frierson made a 3-pointer in the first half, giving him at least one in 18 consecutive games. The Bulldogs made 13 of 43 (30.2 percent) 3-pointers, the most treys allowed by OSU since VMI had 49 on Nov.25, 2007. . This was the first time the schools have played. Ohio State is 8-1 vs. teams representing the Southern Conference.

TALKING POINTS

''He called off the dogs on us a little bit. I'm not na�ve.'' - Baucom talking about Holtmann.

''This is their championship. We have to match their intensity'' - Dakich on not overlooking the decided underdog in The Citadel.

BIG PICTURE

The Citadel: The Bulldogs usually start two freshmen and two sophomores and have had as many as four frosh players on the court at the same time, so there continues to be growing pains. Six of the 12 players are freshmen. The Citadel is one of seven Division I schools without a senior on the roster.

Ohio State: After making 3 of 14 3-pointers in the previous game against Appalachian State, the Buckeyes made some improvement by hitting 13 of 35 (37 percent) vs. the Bulldogs.

UP NEXT

The Citadel: The Bulldogs take a holiday break before beginning Southern Conference play Dec. 30 with a home game against Western Carolina. The Citadel, picked to finish in a tie for seventh in the conference in the coaches' preseason poll, is 4-2 at home.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes will take a major step in the level of competition when they play North Carolina (10-1) at New Orleans in the CBS Sports Classic on Saturday. Ohio State's only game against a ranked opponent was an 86-59 loss to then-No. 17 Gonzaga on Nov. 23 in Portland, Oregon.

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Key Players
T. Simmons
K. Bates-Diop
32.5 Min. Per Game 32.5
18.3 Pts. Per Game 18.3
1.3 Ast. Per Game 1.3
9.3 Reb. Per Game 9.3
40.8 Field Goal % 52.7
35.6 Three Point % 42.9
52.0 Free Throw % 82.5
+ 2 Rob Johnson made reverse layup, assist by Matt Frierson 8.0
  Defensive rebound by Matt Frierson 14.0
  Connor Fulton missed 3-pt. jump shot 16.0
+ 1 Quayson Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 33.0
  Quayson Williams missed 1st of 2 free throws 33.0
  Shooting foul on Joey Lane 33.0
  Offensive rebound by Quayson Williams 33.0
  Quayson Williams missed layup 35.0
  Bad pass turnover on Musa Jallow, stolen by Leandro Allende 45.0
+ 2 Leandro Allende made floating jump shot 1:05
  Defensive rebound by Zane Najdawi 1:18
Team Stats
Points 65 94
Field Goals 23-71 (32.4%) 37-74 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 13-43 (30.2%) 13-35 (37.1%)
Free Throws 6-8 (75.0%) 7-9 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 39 47
Offensive 13 15
Defensive 21 30
Team 5 2
Assists 13 27
Steals 7 9
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 16 12
Fouls 12 12
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST
17 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo The Citadel 5-7 234265
home team logo Ohio State 10-3 445094
Team Stats
away team logo The Citadel 5-7 85.1 PPG 39.9 RPG 15.4 APG
home team logo Ohio State 10-3 69.1 PPG 37.5 RPG 14.1 APG
Key Players
11
K. Rice F 11.3 PPG 3.1 RPG 0.4 APG 43.2 FG%
00
K. Bates-Diop F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Rice F 14 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
K. Bates-Diop F 17 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
32.4 FG% 50.0
30.2 3PT FG% 37.1
75.0 FT% 77.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Najdawi 11 6 1 4/13 1/6 2/2 2 25 0 0 0 3 3
A. Reed 11 0 0 4/6 3/5 0/0 0 20 1 0 0 0 0
T. Simmons 9 4 0 4/11 1/6 0/0 0 22 0 0 2 1 3
K. Harris 3 6 2 1/2 1/2 0/0 2 17 0 0 4 2 4
F. Johnson 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Najdawi 11 6 1 4/13 1/6 2/2 2 25 0 0 0 3 3
A. Reed 11 0 0 4/6 3/5 0/0 0 20 1 0 0 0 0
T. Simmons 9 4 0 4/11 1/6 0/0 0 22 0 0 2 1 3
K. Harris 3 6 2 1/2 1/2 0/0 2 17 0 0 4 2 4
F. Johnson 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Rice 14 1 1 4/12 4/10 2/2 0 15 1 0 0 1 0
H. Brown 8 5 3 3/5 2/3 0/0 2 18 1 0 2 2 3
M. Frierson 3 1 4 1/7 1/6 0/0 0 24 1 0 1 0 1
R. Johnson 3 2 0 1/5 0/2 1/2 0 13 0 0 1 0 2
L. Allende 2 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 10 1 0 0 0 0
Q. Williams 1 7 1 0/6 0/2 1/2 2 21 2 0 4 2 5
D. Webster Jr. 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 8 0 1 2 2 0
Total 65 34 13 23/71 13/43 6/8 12 200 7 1 16 13 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Bates-Diop 17 4 4 7/11 3/6 0/0 0 18 2 1 3 1 3
C. Jackson 13 2 7 5/10 3/7 0/0 1 22 1 0 2 0 2
K. Wesson 9 5 0 3/5 1/1 2/2 2 21 0 1 0 2 3
J. Tate 8 5 3 4/4 0/0 0/0 1 18 1 1 1 0 5
M. Jallow 3 1 3 1/5 0/2 1/1 1 25 1 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Bates-Diop 17 4 4 7/11 3/6 0/0 0 18 2 1 3 1 3
C. Jackson 13 2 7 5/10 3/7 0/0 1 22 1 0 2 0 2
K. Wesson 9 5 0 3/5 1/1 2/2 2 21 0 1 0 2 3
J. Tate 8 5 3 4/4 0/0 0/0 1 18 1 1 1 0 5
M. Jallow 3 1 3 1/5 0/2 1/1 1 25 1 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Williams 17 2 1 7/13 3/7 0/0 1 20 1 0 0 1 1
A. Dakich 10 4 5 3/4 2/3 2/2 1 16 0 1 0 0 4
A. Wesson 7 3 2 3/5 1/3 0/0 0 18 0 0 0 1 2
M. Potter 4 8 2 2/6 0/0 0/0 2 19 3 0 2 6 2
K. Young 4 8 0 2/5 0/0 0/2 1 12 0 0 2 4 4
J. Lane 2 3 0 0/2 0/2 2/2 2 5 0 0 0 0 3
C. Fulton 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
M. Lehmann 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
D. Hummer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 94 45 27 37/74 13/35 7/9 12 200 9 4 12 15 30