Ohio State had little trouble defeating Bryant Wednesday, running up a 86-48 victory. The win keeps the Buckeyes undefeated and eyeing the top spot in the college basketball rankings. OSU shot over fifty percent as a team, with Lenzelle Smith Jr. leading the way with 19 points.
Through ten minutes of play, Bryant seemed like a game opponent, hitting a pair of threes to stay in contention. But an 8-0 Buckeye run to close the first half gave Thad Matta's team enough room to cruise to an easy victory. Center Amir Williams played above the heads of the smaller Bulldog front court, swatting six shots to go along with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Bulldog leading scorer Dyami Starks had an up-and-down game, leading Bryant with 16 points on 33 percent shooting. The junior guard also failed to pick up a single assist on a basket and turned the ball over six times.
Ohio State's next opponent is North Dakota State, who is fresh off an upset of Notre Dame. The Buckeyes would be mindful not to overlook the Bison, who on Saturday will be attempting to unseat another highly-touted program.