The Buckeyes played without senior forward Andre Wesson, who suffered an eye injury in the team’s win over Cincinnati on Wednesday night.
His brother, Kaleb Wesson, already had a double-double by halftime. He had tallied 11 points, 11 rebounds and four assists as the Buckeyes built a 38-25 halftime lead.
Obadiah Noel led UMass-Lowell (1-2) with 15 points, and Connor Withers had 10.
It was a tough game for UMass-Lowell guard Christian Lutete, who was coming off a 51-point outburst in the River Hawks’ victory over LIU-Brooklyn on Friday. He had nine points on 4-for-12 shooting.
The Buckeyes shrugged off a slow start and eventually grabbed the lead for good with 13 minutes left in the half. Kaleb Wesson had a one-handed jam off an E.J. Liddell lob before Wesson returned the favor by dishing to Liddell after tracking down an errant pass. Wesson’s crosscourt assist to Carton for a 3 gave OSU its 13-point halftime lead. Ohio State went on a 21-9 run to open the second half.
UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks have a veteran squad and could be a team to watch in the America East this season. But they couldn’t stay with the more-talented Buckeyes.
Ohio State: Buckeyes get plenty of contributions against an overmatched team. A better gauge of where they are early will come midweek against national power Villanova.
UMass-Lowell: Hosts UMass-Boston on Tuesday night.
Ohio State: Hosts No. 10 Villanova on Wednesday night.
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