Ohio State dismantles St. Francis-PA
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Evan Turner posted 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists, leading the 17th-ranked Buckeyes in a 110-47 rout of St. Francis-PA at Value City Arena.
Turner was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field for Ohio State (5-1), which improved to 4-0 at home this season. Jeremie Simmons added a team-high 18 points with four steals, while Jon Diebler went 5-of-7 from long distance in a 17-point effort.
"Coach (Thad Matta) told us after the last game that we need to amp up the intensity," Diebler said. "The past two practices leading up to the game had a ton of energy, and all of the players kept coming after them, even the bench came out with great energy."
William Buford added 15 points for Ohio State, and P.J. Hill had 10 in the win.
Cedric Latimer scored 16 points to lead the Red Flash (1-5), who have lost five consecutive games. Devin Sweetney contributed 10 points, and Umar Shannon had eight in the loss.
"We got shellacked. Coming in here, we're not going to make excuses," said St. Francis head coach Don Friday. "We're in a rebuilding year at St. Francis University. We weren't able to will our style at all."
Ohio State ran away with the game early.
Diebler connected on his first three-point attempts, and the Buckeyes began the game on a 16-3 run that lasted six minutes.
After Will Felder pulled the Red Flash to within 11 on a couple free throws, Ohio State scored 12 straight points to build a 23 points advantage. Simmons' three began the surge, and a Dallas Lauderdale layup with 8 1/2 minutes until halftime made it 30-7.
Latimer's three-pointer a minute later got St. Francis to 10 points in the game, but an ensuing 11-0 run by Ohio State stretched the Buckeyes' lead to 31 with 5 1/2 minutes on the clock.
The score was 52-22 at halftime, and the Buckeyes poured it on in the second half to win by the huge margin.
Ohio State dominated the glass, outrebounding St. Francis, 44-22...The Buckeyes shot 62.9 percent from the field, while the Red Flash shot only 26.8 percent...It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools....Lauderdale finished with 11 points.
11/28 20:51:15 ET