Ohio St. 92, Norfolk St. 59
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—J.J. Sullinger scored 15 points to lead six players in double figures, and Ohio State used runs before and after halftime to pull away for a 92-59 win over Norfolk State on Monday night.
Terence Dials had 13 points and led the Buckeyes (5-0) with eight rebounds. Ron Lewis added 12 points, Je’Kel Foster had 11 and Jamar Butler and Ivan Harris each scored 10.
Calvin Brown led the Spartans (2-5) with 16 points and Tony Murphy had 12. Norfolk State didn’t have any one else score in double figures and shot just 39 percent from the floor.
Ohio State improved to 10-0 against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and began a season with five wins for the first time since going 6-0 to start 2001-02.
The first matchup between the schools was closer than expected for the first 15 minutes, with the Spartans trailing only 23-20.
The Buckeyes closed the first half with a 14-2 surge and opened the second half on a 16-8 spurt to take a 53-30 lead with 15:39 remaining. Sullinger had five points in each run.
Norfolk State got no closer than 17 points after that and trailed by as many as 36.
Ohio State scored 55 points in the second half, partly due to a 10-of-20 performance from 3-point range. Ohio State finished 14-of-32 behind the arc, while Norfolk State was 4-of-12.
The Buckeyes also had a large advantage at the foul line, making 24-of-30 while the Spartans went 9-of-16.
The balanced scoring attack was nothing new for the Buckeyes. Foster, Lewis, Dials, Butler and Sullinger all average double figures.
All of Norfolk State’s losses have come against nonconference opponents.