Buckeyes Dominate Northeastern
November 19, 2017
The Ohio State basketball Buckeyes never trailed and won their fourth straight to open the Chris Holtmann era, this time rolling past Northeastern 80-55. The Buckeyes, led by Jae’Sean Tate, jumped out to a quick 15-2 lead to start the game and never looked back, controlling the Huskies in all aspects and cruising to the win. Tate led the Buckeyes with 24 points, a career high, on 10 of 10 shooting from the floor, which was a school record for most made shots without a miss. The Huskies, meanwhile struggled on both ends as the Buckeyes controlled the paint early, out rebounding Northeastern by a dominant 23-9 margin. The Buckeyes’ length on the perimeter really seemed to affect the Huskies, who shot just 36% for the game, including 22% in the first half and by the time they got a little offense generated, the outcome was not in doubt.
The Buckeyes were led on the offensive end by not only Tate, but also by Keita Bates Diop who added 19 points and 7 rebounds. Kaleb Wesson, back after serving a one game suspension, added 12 and 5 and C.J. Jackson chipped in with 10 for the victorious Buckeyes.
Ohio State's play down low was sparked in part by a return to action from freshman forward Kaleb Wesson, who missed an 82-64 win over Texas Southern due to suspension. In his first game back, Wesson repeatedly got inside against the Huskies and scored 12 points while collecting five boards off the bench. With the good things that were accomplished in this game, the downer was center Micah Potter limping off the floor midway through the second half with a sprained ankle and his status for the tournament next week in Portland is up in the air.
Now the Buckeyes have finished the early season portion of the schedule and came through it unscathed, however, now comes a stretch of games that will test this young Buckeye team. A trip to Portland lies ahead for the PK80 Invitational, where Gonzaga awaits them first and following that will be a matchup with either Florida or Stanford followed by one more game in Portland. Following that tournament, the Buckeyes return home to host Clemson in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge before opening the Big Ten conference with games at Wisconsin and home against Michigan. We will know a lot more about this group after that long and challenging stretch of games. Until then, let’s enjoy a 4-0 start with a lot to be excited about for the future of the program.
Next up, Ohio State will fly to the west coast and play in the PK 80 Invitational in Oregon, where they will play Gonzaga at 12 midnight on Thanksgiving night.
- Jason Harris