COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — D’Angelo Russell scored 32 points and Shannon Scott set a school record with 16 assists to lead 20th-ranked Ohio State to a 106-48 win against overmatched Sacred Heart on Sunday night.
Russell’s total tied the second most for a freshman at Ohio State, trailing only Jared Sullinger’s 40 points (along with 13 rebounds) against IUPUI in 2010.
Scott had 11 points to go with his assist total, which broke Aaron Craft’s mark, while Jae’Sean Tate and Sam Thompson each had 12 points, Keita Bates-Diop 11 and Marc Loving 10. The Buckeyes (3-0) shot 57 percent from the field. Trey McDonald chipped in with 14 rebounds.
Filip Nowicki had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Pioneers (1-2), who had lost to UMass-Lowell 57-54 — a team Ohio State pounded 92-55.
Ohio State held out center Amir Williams because of a sore knee. Former Temple player Anthony Lee started in his spot.
The Buckeyes raced to a 52-27 lead at the half and never looked back, scoring 32 of the first 41 points after the break.
At the half Russell had 17 points, and Thompson had all 12 of his points, including five dunks that brought the crowd to its feet. Loving had all of his 10 points, including three shots behind the arc, and Scott had eight assists.
Ohio State scored the first seven points and closed the half on a 31-13 run.
Sacred Heart: In a 71-53 win over Hartford in the season opener, the Pioneers were 29 of 43 from inside the arc and just 1 of 8 on 3s. But against the Buckeyes, and with only one player taller than 6-foot-7 in their top eight players, they had difficulty getting inside. As a result, they were forced almost exclusively to toss up 3s. They only had one field goal inside the arc by halftime.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes have more home wins (91-8) since the 2009-10 season than any team in the country. That’s noteworthy because they are in the midst of a five-game home stand to open the season and play 13 of their first 15 (including their first two Big Ten games) at Value City Arena.
With two new starters, a newfangled zone defense and four freshmen in their rotation, it’s a huge advantage to get games under those young belts before they play at tough places in the conference such as Minnesota and Michigan State.
Sacred Heart: The Pioneers play at James Madison on Wednesday night.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes host Campbell’s Fighting Camels on Wednesday night in the second of four games in the Buckeye Classic.
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