Ohio State holds off Navy 78-68

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Kam Williams scored 23 points to lead Ohio State past Navy 78-68 in the nightcap of the Veterans Classic on Friday.

Keita Bates-Diop had 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Trevor Thompson added 11 points for the Buckeyes, who shot 27 of 47 (57.4 percent) from the field.

Ohio State (1-0) has all five starters back from last season and that experience was vital against the Midshipmen.

Navy (0-1) tied the game, 35-35, on a dunk by Aaron Briggs with 18:20 left. From there, Ohio State gradually pulled away and a layup by Trevor Thompson, who scored 11 points, provided the first double-digit lead, 47-37, midway through the second half.

The Buckeyes picked up the pace and consecutive dunks by Jae'Sean Tate and Marc Loving boosted the margin to 12 with 10:50 left.

Loving finished with 13 points

Hasan Abdullah scored 22 points in his first career start for Navy.