COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Marc Loving scored a career-high 18 points and No. 16 Ohio State again shot well from the field in beating Campbell 91-64 on Wednesday night.
D’Angelo Russell led the Buckeyes (4-0) with 22 points, while Shannon Scott and Sam Thompson each had 11 and Amir Williams, back after missing a game with a sore knee, had 10. Williams had a perfect night, making all three of his shots from the field and all four free throws.
Quinton Ryan had 17 points and D.J. Mason 10 for the Fighting Camels (1-3), who have lost three in a row since beating Barber-Scotia in their opener.
The first meeting between the schools came in the five-team Buckeye Classic.
The Buckeyes pulled away after taking a 9-8 lead. They ran off seven points in a row and, after a Campbell bucket, scored the next 10 points to make it 26-10.
Russell hit a jumper with 49 seconds left and a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to push the lead to 45-22 at the half. The Fighting Camels never got closer than 18 points in the second half.
Ohio State has averaged five in double figures in each game this season.
Campbell: The Fighting Camels (whose campus is in Buies Creek, North Carolina) were threats behind the arc a year ago in coach Kevin McGeehan’s first year at the helm.
Using his "spread motion attack" they finished 14th in the nation in 3-point field goals made and 13th in 3-pointers attempted.
They came in averaging 18 shots behind the arc in their first three games, hitting a meager 24 percent.
After pumping up 14 3s in the first half and only 10 2-pointers, they settled down and took the ball inside against Ohio State and had much more success, outscoring the Buckeyes 13-10 over the opening 5 minutes of the second half.
Ohio State: Granted, the Buckeyes haven’t been playing teams destined for the Final Four. But they’ve still opened the season by making a lot of shots.
They made 62 percent against UMass-Lowell, 65 percent vs. Marquette and 57 percent against Sacred Heart before hitting 34 of 56 from the field — including 8 of 20 behind the arc — for 61 percent in pulling away from the Fighting Camels.
Campbell: The Camels flew home to grab some turkey, then will fly out on Saturday morning to Connecticut to play at Sacred Heart on Sunday.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes play again at Value City Arena, where they play 13 of their first 15 games, on Friday night against James Madison.