Loving leads Buckeyes to 70-62 win over Fairleigh Dickinson
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Marc Loving scored 18 points and Kam Williams added 17 more to lift Ohio State to a 70-62 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday.
Jae’Sean Tate and Trevor Thompson each had double-doubles for OSU (7-1), combining for 22 points and 25 rebounds. Williams, getting his fifth straight start for the injured Keita Bates-Diop, shot 7 for 13 from the field, hitting 3 of 6 from long range.
Fairleigh Dickinson (2-5) trailed by just one point heading into halftime, but OSU opened the second half with an 18-2 run to stretch its advantage to 51-34 with 14:34 to go. Later, leading by just six points, OSU’s JaQuan Lyle iced the game with two free throws.
Darian Anderson led Fairleigh Dickinson with 17 points, and Kaleb Bishop added 12 to make it his second straight game with double figures.
Ohio State: The turnover bug continues to bite the Buckeyes, who turned the ball over seven times in the first 10 minutes of the game and 14 total. In OSU’s last game, the team coughed up 20 turnovers to No. 6 Virginia and allowed the Cavaliers to overcome a 12-point halftime deficit.
JaQuan Lyle struggled mightily for a second straight game with only five points and had five turnovers.
Fairleigh Dickinson: FDU has had its struggles through seven games, but at several points, coach Greg Herenda was able to expose the Buckeyes. The Knights continue to search for positive momentum after last season’s conference tournament championship and NCAA tournament bid.
The Buckeyes host a midweek matchup against Florida Atlantic on Tuesday before welcoming the Connecticut Huskies to the Schottenstein Center on Dec. 10.
Fairleigh Dickinson returns home on Wednesday to play the Iona Gaels before beginning a three-game road trip at Towson.