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In Columbus today the Freshman heavily touted talent of D.J. Carton and Kaleb Wesson each knocked down 13 points as the 18th ranked Buckeyes manhandled U Mass-Lowell 76-56 on Sunday.

The Ohio State University Men’s basketball team, now 2-0 received contributions throughout the lineup, as all were granted some time. This is viewed as a warm-up for the upcoming match against the 10th ranked Villanova Wildcats of the on Wednesday night the 13th.

Kaleb Wesson also had 13 rebounds and five assists. Luther Muhammad added 11 points, while Alonzo Gaffney and Kyle Young each pounded down 10.

The Buckeyes played without senior forward Andre Wesson, who suffered an eye injury in the team’s win over Cincinnati on Wednesday night.

His brother, Kaleb Wesson, already had a double-double by halftime, amounting for 11 points and 11 with four assists as the Buckeyes assembled a 38-25 halftime lead.

Obadiah Noel led U Mass-Lowell (1-2) with 15 points, and Connor Withers contributed another 10.

Christian Lutete for U Mass-Lowell, their shooting guard, was coming off a 51-point explosion in the River Hawks’ win over LIU-Brooklyn Friday past. He had nine points on 4-for-12 shooting against the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes managed to conquer a slow start, eventually lassoing in on the lead for good with 13 minutes left in the half. Kaleb Wesson had a one-handed jam off an E.J. Liddell toss before Wesson returned the favor by shoveling it off to Liddell after tracking down a wayward pass. Wesson’s cross-court assist to Carton for a 3 gave the Buckeye’s its 13-point halftime lead. Ohio State went on a 21-9 run to open the second half.

It’s all she wrote….

SUMMATION:

U Mass-Lowell: The River Hawks do have experience, and very well could be a team to keep an eye on in the America East this season. I’ll go as far as to say they will be invited to the dance… My goodness, I dare I? But, well, the Buckeyes in this was too talented and so much better than they will be accustomed to in the America East.

The Ohio State University: Buckeyes get plenty of contributions against a team they should have dismantled, no surprises. But a better measure awaits them in this early season against the national power known as the Villanova Wildcats. One positive note is it’ll be in Columbus.