(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – A dominating performance on the glass helped lead No. 10 Ohio State to a 93-63 victory over Walsh in what has become an annual exhibition game. This was the sixth-straight year the two schools have played in an exhibition game near the beginning of the season.
The Cavaliers battled close with the Buckeyes for the first five minutes and held a 7-6 lead before Ohio State gained control for good with an 11-2 run midway through the first half. A 3-pointer by Hrvoje Vucic (Sr., 7-1, Split, Croatia/Faust Vrancic/Valparaiso) made the score 17-12 with 11:43 left in the opening period, but that was the closest Walsh could get the rest of the way as Ohio State added another run with 13 of the next 16 points scored for a 30-15 advantage and go into halftime with a 49-26 lead.
The second half was more of the same. With the exception of another three by Vucic that made the score 53-34, the Buckeyes led by at least 20 points for the entire half.
Ohio State doubled up the Cavaliers in the rebounding column with a 52-26 advantage. The Buckeyes also found themselves at the foul line quite often as they shot 42 free throws with 29 makes. Meanwhile, the Cavs had trouble getting to the line and were 4-of-8 on their free opportunities.
Walsh had three players in double-figures and were led by Jesse Hardin (So., 6-1, Warren, OH/Harding) who had a strong outing with a game-high 18 points on 8-of-17 from the field that included a pair of 3-pointers. Davonte Beard (Jr., 6-2, Akron, OH/SVSM/Siena) added 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Zac Carter (Fr., 5-9, Ironton, OH/HS) added 11 off the bench.
The Buckeyes had five players in double figures and were led by Ross LaQuinton and Lenzelle Smith Jr. with 15 points each.
Overall, Walsh shot 40.3 percent from the floor with 25 made on 62 attempts. Ohio State shot 50 percent on 30-of-60 from the field.
The Cavaliers will open up the regular season at home as they entertain former conference rival Houghton College this Saturday at 7 p.m.