OSU Wins First Contest Against OU In 19 Years

Reserve Sam Thompson had 12 points and LaQuinton Ross added 10 for the Buckeyes (2-0).(Photo: Ohio State University)
Reserve Sam Thompson had 12 points and LaQuinton Ross added 10 for the Buckeyes (2-0).(Photo: Ohio State University)

Aaron Craft scored 18 points – including eight free throws down the stretch – to help No. 10 Ohio State hold off neighboring rival Ohio 79-69 on Tuesday night.

Amir Williams had a career-high 14 points, reserve Sam Thompson had 12 and LaQuinton Ross added 10 for the Buckeyes (2-0).

Ohio State built a 12-point halftime lead and never trailed in a game with little continuity due to the constant whistles calling the new contact rules. Ohio State was 37 of 50 at the line.

Stevie Taylor, a Gahanna native, and Nick Kellogg, son of former OSU star Clark Kellogg, each had 21 points for Ohio (1-1), down by as many as 17 before cutting the gap to five points with 4 minutes left.

The teams, just 75 miles apart, hadn’t met on the court in 19 years.

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