Friday, 28 August 2009

Buckeyes pummell young Lancers in Windsor

Ohio State 90, Windsor 39 from Ohio State web site

WINDSOR, Ontario-P.J. Hill, a senior from Minneapolis, lead Ohio State with 18 points in Ohio State’s 90-39 victory over the University of Windsor Friday at the St. Denis Centre.

Hill did the most damage in the third and fourth quarters, hitting 7 of 9 shots from the field and all four 3-point attempts. He also added four assists in 20 minutes without a turnover.

Evan Turner led the Buckeyes with 6 assists, all in the first half. Ohio State finished the second quarter on an 18-0 run to take a 48-23 lead behind Turner’s 13 points. He made his first start at point guard after playing the No. 2 guard spot his first two seasons.

Turner, who led the Buckeyes and the Big Ten in scoring last year with 17.3 points a game, also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds vs. the Lancers. Turner also led his teammates in rebounding last year.

The game was one of three the Buckeyes are playing in Windsor as part of a summer foreign trip.

The Buckeyes shot 64 percent from the field (21-33) over the first 20 minutes. For the game, Ohio State connected on 60 percent of its shots from the field (38-63) and recorded 24 assists.

David Lighty returned to the Ohio State lineup after missing the majority of the 2008-09 season with a broken foot. He started the game and scored 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the field.

The only player making his Ohio State debut Friday was transfer Zisis Sarikopoulos, a sophomore center from Greece. He transferred from Alabama-Birmingham after the 2007-08 season. In his first action as a Buckeye, he grabbed seven rebounds and scored five points.

Ohio State and the Lancers will play again at 6 p.m. Saturday at the St. Denis Centre. The final game of the Canada trip will be held at noon Monday vs. the University of Western Ontario.

The Buckeyes begin the official start of practice for the 2009-10 season Oct. 16. Ohio State opens the season Nov. 9 in Columbus vs. Alcorn State.


Ohio State overwhelms Lancers in NCAA/OUA Tip-Off Classic

08/28/2009 - The Ohio State University Buckeyes showed why they are expected to be one of the team teams in NCAA Division 1 basketball this season by turning in a dominating performance over the Windsor Lancers on Friday night at the St. Denis Centre.

Despite a very competitive first quarter that saw both teams execute well offensively, the Buckeyes would eventually go on to dominate the rest of the game in a convincing 90-39 victory in front of a capacity crowd in Windsor.

In the opening quarter, the Lancers and Buckeyes opened up by trading early baskets, with Ohio State jumping out to a 12-7 lead.

The two teams would continue to battle as Windsor cut into the Buckeye lead with a pair of three pointers by Andre Smyth and Monty Hardware and trailed 19-16. Ohio State then went on a 5-0 run to end the quarter as they led 24-16 after one.

The second quarter was all Ohio State as the tandem of Evan Turner and David Lighty went to work at the offensive end. The pair would knock down a number of open looks as the Buckeyes outscored the Lancers 19-7 in the quarter and led 48-23 at the half.

The second half was more of the same as Ohio State controlled both ends of the floor with sound offensive execution and some tenacious defense. The Buckeyes outscored the Lancers 42-16 en route to the 90-39 victory.

In the win, Buckeye point guard P.J. Hill led all scorers 18 points on 7-9 shooting. David Lighty added 16 points and 4 rebounds while Evan Turner finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds.

Ohio State shot 60% from the field for the game.

For the Lancers, Andre Smyth led the way with 7 points and 12 rebounds as he battled hard all night against bigger defenders. Monty Hardware added 8 points while Josh Collins added 6 points on a pair of 3-pointers.

The Lancers finished 14-61 from the field for 23% shooting.

Both teams will be back in action on Saturday night at 6pm at the St. Denis Centre.

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