No. 19 Ohio State balanced in 89-58 win over Bowling Green


Ohio State's Eugene Brown, right, dunks as Bowling Green's Cam Young defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio State's Eugene Brown, right, dunks as Bowling Green's Cam Young defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)


Ohio State's E.J. Liddell, right, drives to the basket against Bowling Green's Cam Young during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)


Bowling Green's Cam Young, left, blocks the shot of Ohio State's Zed Key during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Five players scored in double figures for No. 19 Ohio State, which routed Bowling Green 89-58 on Monday night.

After escaping with closer-than-expected wins in their first two games, the Buckeyes started pouring it on early and never allowed the Mid-American Conference squad to get close.

E.J. Liddell and Meechie Johnson each scored 13 points. Zed Key had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Eugene Brown III had a career-high 12.

Chandler Turner led the Falcons with 12 points, and Samari Curtis and Joe Reese each had 11 points.

Ohio State (3-0) opened with a 24-4 run and took a 41-18 lead into halftime.

The Buckeyes shot 51% from the floor, hitting 12 of 32 attempts from beyond the arc. Their bench contributed 39 points, spearheaded by Johnson.

The Falcons (1-2) never found a rhythm, shooting a 25.8% in the first half before finishing at 39%. Ohio State led by as much as 42 in the second half.

BIG PICTURE

Bowling Green: The Falcons were ice cold and also overpowered on the boards 43-32.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes played their most complete game of the season after both Akron and Niagara hung around. But the Buckeyes also had a season-high 11 turnovers Monday.

UP NEXT

Bowling Green: Hosts Norfolk State on Friday.

Ohio State: Plays at Xavier on Thursday.

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Ohio State’s Eugene Brown, right, dunks as Bowling Green’s Cam Young defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/11/web1_127610960-01a41bd0630b48f4b79a18ca6a003216-1.jpgOhio State’s Eugene Brown, right, dunks as Bowling Green’s Cam Young defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell, right, drives to the basket against Bowling Green’s Cam Young during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/11/web1_127610960-7e5009bcae6a414e896378c7dd7abe87-1.jpgOhio State’s E.J. Liddell, right, drives to the basket against Bowling Green’s Cam Young during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Bowling Green’s Cam Young, left, blocks the shot of Ohio State’s Zed Key during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/11/web1_127610960-699cba7def644b469ac31f0ec93be82c-1.jpgBowling Green’s Cam Young, left, blocks the shot of Ohio State’s Zed Key during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)