Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Lenzelle Smith Jr. poured in a game-high 19
points with eight rebounds to lead No. 3 Ohio State to an 86-48 victory over
Bryant in a Gotham Classic matchup.
Amir Williams had 12 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Buckeyes
(9-0), who face North Dakota State Saturday.
"I think Lenzelle is playing at a very high level," Ohio State head coach Thad
Matta said of Smith. "He is a complete basketball player. His defense goes
unnoticed except by me."
Dyami Starks netted 16 points for Bryant (6-5), which has lost three straight.
Sam Thompson nailed a jumper to spark a 13-6 Buckeye run 5:13 into the first
half. Williams ended the run with a layup to make the score 25-15 Ohio State.
The Bulldogs pulled back within seven points, 25-18, before Amedeo Della Valle
swished a 3 with 8:24 left in the first. That started an 18-5 surge by Ohio
State to close out the half.
After a Starks 3-pointer, with 5:27 to go, the Bulldogs did not score the rest
of the half. Ohio State led 43-23 heading into the locker room.
Ohio State started an 18-6 run 1:43 into the second half that stretched the
lead to 33 points and it reached as high as 38.
"They play national-championship caliber defense," Bryant head coach Tim
O'Shea said of the Buckeyes. "They've got the length; they've got the shot
blocking; they've got the quickness."
Ohio State shot 32-for-61 from the field, while Bryant shot 16-for-58 ... The
Buckeyes have won 75 consecutive home games against unranked opponents ... The
Bulldogs are 0-5 all-time against current members of the Big Ten ... Dan
Garvin added seven points and nine rebounds for Bryant.
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