The Ohio State University extended its winning streak to four Saturday (the 16th) at Value City Arena against Appalachian State – 80-67.
Jae’Sean Tate hit for 19 points, while Keita Bates-Diop added 18 and Kaleb Wesson 16 for the Buckeyes who are now 9-3. This win matched their season-high four-game winning streak that opened the season.
Ronshad Shabazz scored 15 points and Delaware, Ohio, native Griffin Kinney had 14 for the Mountaineers (5-7) in their third consecutive defeat.
A fire alarm delayed the game for 16 minutes with Ohio State leading 48-33. The failure of an exhaust fan in a concessions stand set off the fire alarm, triggering an announcement to evacuate the building. The all-clear was given after nine minutes.
Later, after Appalachian State pulled to within nine, the Buckeyes went on a 9-0 run for a 67-47 lead before the Mountaineers made a late push.
The Buckeyes led 40-27 at the half.
THE PRIMARY POINT:
Ohio State: The Buckeyes found their long-range touch in the first three of their four-game winning streak when they made 47.9 percent of their 3-pointers. Against the Mountaineers, they hit 21 percent (3-of-14).
Appalachian State: The Mountaineers are being challenged by their non-conference schedule that has them playing only four of 12 games at home through Saturday. They are 0-5 in true away games and 1-2 at neutral sites. Appalachian State was picked to finish 11th of 12 teams in the Sun Belt Conference preseason poll.
The Buckeyes really looked good throughout this match. There isn’t a need to emphasize that – was any other result expected? Chris Holtmann has his team playing up to snuff of late – perhaps after the Butler loss? Just a thought! Anyway, I am excited about this team. They seem to own their moment. Something is brewing in Columbus – and I have a feeling it is good.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes complete a four-game home stand vs. The Citadel on Tuesday before traveling to New Orleans to play No. 7 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic on Dec. 23.
I will be watching – How about you?