Freshman Keita Bates-Diop had 16 points and seven rebounds last night to lead the Ohio State men’s basketball team to an 88-66 win over the Bahamas All-Stars in Nassau.
It was the first of two games for the Buckeyes on their five-day international trip. They play the Providence Storm tonight.
Sam Thompson added 11 points and Trey McDonald and redshirt freshman Kam Williams 10 apiece for Ohio State. McDonald also had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Shannon Scott had seven assists and freshman D’Angelo Russell five.
All 11 scholarship players played nine minutes or more. The starting lineup consisted of Scott, Williams, sophomore Marc Loving and seniors Anthony Lee and Amir Williams.
Lee, a graduate transfer from Temple, had eight points and seven rebounds.
Ohio State led 30-13 after one quarter and by as many as 27 points in the third quarter before the All-Stars cut their deficit to 13 points with 6:57 to play. Coach Thad Matta put five fresh players on the floor shortly after that and the Buckeyes closed the game with a 10-5 run.
The Buckeyes shot 52 percent from the field and scored 36 points in the paint. They made six of 14 three-point attempts. Five different players made at least one three.
Ohio State 88, Bahamas All-Stars 66
BAHAMAS: Joseph 6-2-15, Wright 0, Bullard 1-2-4, Whylly 6-3-16, Carey 2-3-7, Taylor 2-3-7, Smith 2-2-7, Hinsey 3-4-10. 3-point goals: Whylly, Joseph, Smith. Totals: 22-19-66.
OHIO STATE: Loving 2-0-5, Scott 3-0-7, K.Williams 4-0-10, A.Williams 3-2-8, Lee 3-2-8, Russell 3-0-7, Tate 3-0-6, Bell 0, Thompson 4-2-11, Bates-Diop 6-4-16, McDonald 5-0-10. 3-point goals: K.Williams 2, Scott, Russell, Thompson. Totals: 36-10-88.