Ohio State guard Shannon Scott hit three 3-pointers in the opening minutes to get the No. 11 Buckeyes off to a fast start on their way to an 89-50 victory over Morgan State at Value City Arena on Saturday.
With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 17-0 all-time against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
In a fast-paced game in which Ohio State coach Thad Matta substituted freely, forward Lenzelle Smith had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Scott added 16 points. The pair hit a combined eight of 13 shots from beyond the arc.
Morgan State center Ian Chiles (12 points, three rebounds) was the tallest man on the court at 7-foot-2, but he was outmanned inside as Ohio State dominated the boards, 56-37, with its length, quickness, and depth. Forward LaQuinton Ross (14 points, 10 rebounds) and backup forward Sam Thompson (14 points, four rebounds) contributed to the Buckeyes' domination inside.
Scott did his early damage in a 1:08 span. His three 3-pointers came on consecutive possessions and gave the Buckeyes an 11-2 lead. Later in the half, Ohio State reeled off 16 straight points, swelling a 10-point lead to 26, as Smith hit a pair of 3-pointers and a fast-break dunk.
In the second half, Morgan State never whittled the deficit to fewer than 25 points as the Ohio State defense, led by guard Aaron Craft, clamped down on the Bears' top threat, Justin Black. The guard, who led Morgan State in scoring last year, had a team-high 13 points, but hit only six of 19 shots and missed all six of his attempts from 3-point range.