COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13 Ohio State men’s basketball team defeated High Point, 82-64, Saturday afternoon at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 12-1 on the year while the Panthers drop to 6-7.
C.J. Jackson led all scorers with 20 points while Kaleb Wesson added 17, Luther Muhammad scored a career-best 15 and Andre Wesson totaled 10 points, nine boards and four assists. Ricky Madison led High point with 12 points and eight rebounds while Curtis Holland III added 11 points.
Ohio State opened the game with an 8-2 lead after a Jackson 3-pointer at the 17:00 mark but High Point responded with a 16-2 run over 5:44 midway through the first half as the Buckeyes went 1-for-9 from the field to take a 22-16 advantage with 7:02 remaining. However, Ohio State used a 13-4 spurt over the final 4:56 to hold a 37-28 lead at the half.
Muhammad scored 14 points over the first 20 minutes while Madison led High Point with six. Ohio State turned 12 Panther turnovers into 14 points in the first half.
Ohio State started the second half on a 14-4 run, capped off by another Jackson 3-pointer, to push its lead to 51-32 with 16:31 remaining. The Buckeyes would extend their advantage to as many as 26 while the Panthers would get no closer than 15 the rest of the way as Ohio State closed its non-conference schedule with the victory.
Ohio State resumes Big Ten play when it hosts Michigan State at noon Jan. 5.