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Buckeyes Move to 5-0 with 78-47 Win Over Jackson State
By John Porentas

COLUMBUS, Oh -  The Buckeyes moved to 5-0 on the season with a convincing 78-47 win over Jackson State (1-4) at the Schottenstein Center. 

OSU's scoring was paced by senior Marc Loving's season-high 19 points on 6-12 shooting from the field that included 3 of 7 from three point range. Loving had been struggling with his shot through the first four games and came into the game shooting just 37.5 percent from the field. His breakout game is a welcome sight for the Buckeyes, but after the game Loving said there was no magic formula for the sudden improvement. 

"The ball went in, that’s pretty much it," said Loving. 

"It wasn’t anything I was stressing over but it’s always good to see the ball go in."

OSU led 40-23 at the half despite Jackson State's effort to take the air out of the ball to keep the game close. 

"I felt coming out being on the road for so long, being on the road for eight days and playing four games and not getting a chance to get yourself back together it was hard for us just to get ready to play, so the plan was to just let some of the time run off the clock, kind of cut the possessions down and see how close we could keep it early," said Jackson State Head Coach Wayne Brent

That strategy worked for a while but the Buckeyes never lost their poise and patience. 

"It’s not as frustrating when you’re up,  because we were up at the time, but it’s not fun," said point guard JaQuan Lyle.

"We like to go up an down and throw lobs and dunks.  It takes the fun out of the game but at the end of the day they’re trying to win a basketball game and that’s what they think will help them win, but they were losing so I don’t know what the strategy was there."

Lyle chipped in 10 points but was extremely effective as a floor general and distributor from his point guard position.  The talented and much-improved guard handed out 11 assists for a double-double while committing just one turnover.  Last year Lyle was focused more on scoring and had games where he disappeared as an assist man and was prone to turnovers. He has a more team-oriented approach as a second-year player and so far both he and the Buckeyes are better off for it.

"I’m just trying to be the best leader on the team I can be," said Lyle.

"Last year I may have did it scoring the ball, but basketball isn’t always scoring the ball. Like today, I got Marc going early and that’s a big thing, seeing what you need to do to better your team and I think that’s what I’m getting better at, seeing what I need to do in order t o better this team."

Guard Kam Williams scored 15 points and came up with four steals. Point guard C.J. Jackson contributed five assists.and five points off the bench. 

OSU shot the ball very well, hitting 55.3 percent from the field including 14-27 (48.1) from three point range.  Jackson State shot just under 30 percent from the field. The only part of the game the Tigers dominated was rebounding where they outrebounded the Buckeyes 37-32 including 15 offensive boards. 

Jackson State's scoring was led by Paris Collins who finished with 19 points after scoring 15 in the first half.  No other Tiger scored in double figures. 

Player profiles relevant to story:
2 - Loving, Marc | 3 - Jackson, C.J. | 13 - Lyle, JaQuan | 15 - Williams, Kam
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