Loving, Tate help Ohio State roll past Marshall

Published 11:19 pm Friday, November 25, 2016

COLUMBUS (AP) — Marc Loving scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Ohio State to a 111-70 win over Marshall on Friday night.

Jae’Sean Tate added 20 points, and Kam Williams made five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points for the Buckeyes (6-0). Trevor Thompson scored a season-high 15 points, and Micah Potter had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Ohio State.

For the second game in a row, Loving was the key to a scoring barrage by the Buckeyes. After failing to produce a double-digit scoring line in the first three games, Loving has combined for 39 points in his last two outings.

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“Offense was something that we really wanted to polish up on,” Loving said. “Throughout the season so far, we really created our identity on the defensive end, so just picking up our pace and moving the ball from one side of the floor really opened up the court today.”

Rebounding was a large factor for the dominating performance of the Buckeyes, and Loving and Potter did their respective parts on the glass to keep Ohio State ahead.

After losing the opening tip and trailing following an opening three, smothering defense and fast-paced offense gave the Buckeyes the edge in the end. The Buckeyes pulled down 27 offensive rebounds and forced 15 turnovers, all while scoring 61 points in the first half, their most since 1991.

Jon Elmore scored 14 of his season-high 25 points in the first half for Marshall (4-1), which played without center Ryan Taylor who was ejected Monday against Jackson State. Austin Loop added 15 points.

The Thundering Herd shot 13 of 40 on 3-point attempts.

“I don’t know if whether our kids were tired or just got lost in headlights,” coach Dan D’Antoni said. “We seemed a lot slower than we have been playing. I don’t want to take anything away from Ohio State. They’ve got some great players and they played extremely well.”

Ohio State trailed briefly after Loop hit a quick shot to start the game before stretching out to a 12-7 lead four minutes into the first half. A 13-0 run gave the Buckeyes a 38-14 lead with nine minutes left in the half.

The Buckeyes’ defensive scheme allowed Thompson to capitalize on open looks at the hoop. “The biggest thing was when I saw the guy rotate, I would just find the next body and seal him,” Thompson said. “My teammates were doing a good job of finding and I was doing a good job of sealing.”


Marshall: The Thundering Herd had their lowest scoring output in the teams’ first loss. After averaging 88 points through three games, Marshall has averaged 70.5 points in its last two games

Ohio State: Marc Loving had his first double-double of the season, and has had the hot hand in consecutive games. It was also Micah Potter’s first double-double game. Williams has averaged 16 points since filling in for forward Keita Bates-Diop, who did not play due to an ankle injury. Bates-Diop has missed three straight.


Marshall returns home Wednesday to face Ohio before hitting the road for a pair of games.

Ohio State will face No. 7 Virginia on Wednesday, its first road game since Nov. 11.



Te.Thompson 1-11 0-2 2, Loop 5-9 0-0 15, J.Elmore 8-20 5-6 25, Browning 4-9 0-0 9, Nikolic 0-2 0-2 0, Penava 2-3 0-0 4, Kilgore 0-2 0-0 0, Mijovic 2-2 0-0 4, Thieneman 0-0 0-0 0, O.Elmore 0-0 0-0 0, Allison 2-6 0-0 6, Bledsoe 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 26-70 5-10 70.

OHIO ST. (6-0)

Tate 9-12 2-5 20, Loving 6-11 6-6 20, Potter 5-10 1-4 12, Lyle 5-12 1-3 12, K.Williams 6-12 0-0 17, Wesson 2-6 0-3 5, Tr.Thompson 7-9 1-2 15, Bell 2-3 0-0 4, Jent 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 3-6 0-0 6, Lane 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 45-82 11-23 111.

Halftime—Ohio St. 60-37. 3-Point Goals—Marshall 13-40 (Loop 5-9, J.Elmore 4-12, Allison 2-5, Bledsoe 1-2, Browning 1-5, Nikolic 0-1, Kilgore 0-2, Te.Thompson 0-4), Ohio St. 10-29 (K.Williams 5-9, Loving 2-7, Lyle 1-2, Potter 1-3, Wesson 1-5, Lane 0-1, Jackson 0-2). Fouled Out—Mijovic. Rebounds—Marshall 27 (Te.Thompson 10), Ohio St. 59 (Loving 14). Assists—Marshall 15 (J.Elmore 6), Ohio St. 22 (Jackson 7). Total Fouls—Marshall 20, Ohio St. 15. A—14,355 (18,809).