Ohio St. 81, Chicago St. 52
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Je’Kel Foster and Ron Lewis each scored 16 points and Ohio State used a 19-0 first-half run to beat Chicago State 81-52 Sunday in the season opener for both teams.
The Buckeyes, returning all five starters from a team that went 20-12 a year ago, opened the scoring on Foster’s 3-pointer in the opening seconds and never trailed.
Ivan Harris added 12 points and Sylvester Mayes and Terence Dials each had 11. Mayes, a junior college transfer making his first Ohio State start, also had nine assists and four steals.
The Buckeyes hit 56 percent of their shots from the field, including 7 of 17 3-pointers.
Camron Clay had 13 points and 10 rebounds and was the lone Chicago State player in double figures.
Aaron Williams’ dunk off an alley-oop pass from Royce Parran cut Ohio State’s lead to 7-4 at the 16:31 mark of the first half, but the Cougars would not score again until Michael Henderson’s 15-foot jumper with 10:04 left in the half.
Foster hit two 3-pointers, Mayes hit one, and Lewis and Dials each scored five points during the spurt.
The Buckeyes hit 7-of-9 from the field, including 3 of 4 3-pointers, during the run. They didn’t have a turnover and outrebounded Chicago State 6-2. The Cougars missed all six of their shots from the field and had two turnovers over the 6 1/2 -minute span.
Ahead 40-19 at the half, Ohio State got off to a sluggish start in the second half but never allowed the Cougars to get closer than 19 points.
J.J. Sullinger had nine points and 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State was playing without starting point guard Jamar Butler and backup center Matt Terwilliger. Both were suspended for the season-opener for playing in a charity three-on-three tournament last spring, violating NCAA bylaws regarding organized competitions outside of the college season. Both will return for Tuesday night’s game against Butler.