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No. 23 Ohio State pulls away to rout Cleveland State 89-62

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Tougher games loom on the schedule for No. 23 Ohio State. But so far, the Buckeyes have passed every early test.

Kaleb Wesson had 19 points and three teammates also scored in double figures as Ohio State pulled away in the second half to beat Cleveland State 89-62 on Friday night.

C.J. Jackson had 17 points, Andre Wesson scored 11 and Luther Muhammad added 10 for the Buckeyes (6-0).

Ohio State led 38-29 at the half. Jackson hit a layup to open the second half and kick off a 10-2 Ohio State run. Cleveland State couldn't get any closer as the Buckeyes outscored the Vikings 51-33 in the half. They led by as much as 30 with more than nine minutes left.

''I've seen our potential in our guys since June,'' Kaleb Wesson said. ''We believe in our guys.''

Stefan Kenic led the Vikings (2-4) with 13 points, Seth Millner had 10 and Algevon Eichelberger had nine points and nine rebounds.

Neither team was very good from long range. Ohio State shot just 36.8 percent (7 of 19) on 3-pointers, and Cleveland State shot 28.6 percent (6 of 21).

''I thought (Cleveland State) was the tougher team for 20 minutes,'' Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. ''But it was good to see us respond in the second half.''

BIG PICTURE

Cleveland State: The Horizon League team couldn't keep up offensively, shooting 35 percent for the floor compared with 54.1 percent for Ohio State. The Vikings also committed 18 turnovers.

''They are going to win a bunch of games,'' Cleveland State coach Dennis Felton said of the Buckeyes. ''They are a team that plays with a lot of physicality, so it turned out to be a very rich experience for us.''

Ohio State: The Buckeyes continue to handle their early-season tune-ups with relative ease and look more deserving of their place in the AP Top 25.

''We have a really challenging stretch ahead of us,'' Holtmann said. ''We got better tonight.''

THE BRIGHT SIDE

Despite the final score, Felton was impressed with the Vikings' tenacity.

''We competed,'' he said. ''And offensively, we actually executed a lot of the things that we wanted to execute.''

TIP-INS

Holtmann showed up for his postgame interview session with an Archie Griffin No. 45 jersey to show his support for the football Buckeyes, who play Michigan on Saturday. ''I can't wait to sit back tomorrow and be a fan. And be one heck of a fan,'' Holtmann said. ... Kaleb's Wesson's 19 points tied his career high. ... All 12 Ohio State players who are eligible to play this season saw minutes for the Buckeyes, and every one of them except walk-on Danny Hummer scored. ... Jackson made the 100th 3-pointer of his Ohio State career. ... Jaedon LeDee led Ohio State with eight rebounds in just 12 minutes on the floor.

UP NEXT

Cleveland State: Hosts Purdue Fort Wayne on Sunday.

Ohio State: Hosts Syracuse on Wednesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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Key Players
S. Kenic
13 F
C. Jackson
3 G
28.4 Min. Per Game 28.4
11.8 Pts. Per Game 11.8
2.8 Ast. Per Game 2.8
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
58.3 Field Goal % 42.1
50.0 Three Point % 35.5
0.0 Free Throw % 81.0
  Defensive rebound by Jaedon LeDee 27.0
  Seth Millner missed jump shot 29.0
  Offensive rebound by Dibaji Walker 42.0
  Dibaji Walker missed jump shot 44.0
  Defensive rebound by Kasheem Thomas 49.0
  Danny Hummer missed jump shot 51.0
+ 1 Seth Millner made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:09
+ 1 Seth Millner made 1st of 2 free throws 1:09
  Personal foul on Justin Ahrens 1:09
  Bad pass turnover on Danny Hummer, stolen by Seth Millner 1:14
  Defensive rebound by Jaedon LeDee 1:28
Team Stats
Points 62 89
Field Goals 21-60 (35.0%) 34-64 (53.1%)
3-Pointers 6-21 (28.6%) 7-19 (36.8%)
Free Throws 14-18 (77.8%) 14-19 (73.7%)
Total Rebounds 38 37
Offensive 10 7
Defensive 24 27
Team 4 3
Assists 11 17
Steals 5 11
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 17 12
Fouls 17 22
Technicals 0 0
13 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST
19 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Cleveland State 2-4 293362
home team logo 23 Ohio State 6-0 385189
Team Stats
away team logo Cleveland State 2-4 73.3 PPG 38.8 RPG 14.6 APG
home team logo 23 Ohio State 6-0 71.8 PPG 37.2 RPG 14.0 APG
Key Players
13
S. Kenic F 9.9 PPG 4.3 RPG 1.5 APG 43.6 FG%
34
K. Wesson F 14.5 PPG 6.3 RPG 1.8 APG 52.3 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Kenic F 13 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
K. Wesson F 19 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
35.0 FG% 53.1
28.6 3PT FG% 36.8
77.8 FT% 73.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Kenic 13 1 1 6/10 1/3 0/0 2 17 0 0 0 0 1
S. Millner 10 3 1 1/6 0/1 8/10 2 26 1 0 2 0 3
A. Eichelberger 9 9 1 3/5 0/0 3/4 3 20 0 0 1 5 4
T. Appleby 9 4 4 4/10 1/4 0/0 1 27 2 1 6 1 3
D. Highsmith 5 0 0 1/4 1/3 2/2 2 12 0 0 2 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Kenic 13 1 1 6/10 1/3 0/0 2 17 0 0 0 0 1
S. Millner 10 3 1 1/6 0/1 8/10 2 26 1 0 2 0 3
A. Eichelberger 9 9 1 3/5 0/0 3/4 3 20 0 0 1 5 4
T. Appleby 9 4 4 4/10 1/4 0/0 1 27 2 1 6 1 3
D. Highsmith 5 0 0 1/4 1/3 2/2 2 12 0 0 2 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Thomas 6 2 2 2/5 2/2 0/0 1 23 1 0 1 0 2
R. Williams 4 3 1 2/6 0/3 0/0 1 17 0 0 0 0 3
J. Hill 3 6 0 1/5 0/1 1/2 1 21 1 0 2 1 5
D. Walker 3 1 0 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 15 0 0 0 1 0
A. Popovic 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 8 0 0 0 0 1
D. Johnson 0 4 1 0/4 0/1 0/0 1 14 0 3 3 2 2
R. Dunn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Kolomoisky - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 34 11 21/60 6/21 14/18 17 200 5 4 17 10 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wesson 19 6 3 8/15 0/3 3/3 3 26 4 0 0 1 5
C. Jackson 17 4 3 7/10 3/4 0/0 2 26 0 0 2 1 3
A. Wesson 11 3 2 4/7 1/3 2/2 1 27 0 1 2 0 3
L. Muhammad 10 3 2 4/7 0/2 2/3 0 25 1 0 0 0 3
K. Young 8 3 0 3/4 0/0 2/2 3 16 0 1 0 3 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wesson 19 6 3 8/15 0/3 3/3 3 26 4 0 0 1 5
C. Jackson 17 4 3 7/10 3/4 0/0 2 26 0 0 2 1 3
A. Wesson 11 3 2 4/7 1/3 2/2 1 27 0 1 2 0 3
L. Muhammad 10 3 2 4/7 0/2 2/3 0 25 1 0 0 0 3
K. Young 8 3 0 3/4 0/0 2/2 3 16 0 1 0 3 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Woods 6 3 1 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 18 2 0 0 0 3
J. LeDee 6 8 0 2/4 0/0 2/3 1 12 0 0 2 2 6
D. Washington Jr. 4 2 3 1/6 1/2 1/2 3 17 0 0 1 0 2
J. Lane 3 1 2 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 6 2 0 1 0 1
J. Ahrens 3 0 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 7 0 1 2 0 0
M. Jallow 2 1 0 0/2 0/2 2/2 3 17 1 0 1 0 1
D. Hummer 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/2 1 3 1 0 1 0 0
C. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Potter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 89 34 17 34/64 7/19 14/19 22 200 11 3 12 7 27