COLUMBUS — 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 Nov. 23.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Cleveland State: Hosts Purdue Fort Wayne on Nov. 25.
Ohio State: Hosts Syracuse on Nov. 28.